Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo Georgia. He worked his way through UCLA. There, he excelled in sports, winning varsity letters in baseball, basketball, football, and track. He was the first athlete to accomplish such a major feat. By 1945, Robinson was playing with the Negro Baseball League. Although he faced a great deal of racism, he broke the color line in baseball when he donned the Dodgers jersey. By the end of his rookie season, Robinson had earned the title of Rookie of the Year. By 1949, Robinson had become the National League's Most Valuable Player of the Year. After dealing with heart problems and diabetes, Jackie Robinson died on October 24, 1972, in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 53 years old.
Robinson on WBB
If you'd like to show your support of Jackie Robinson, WBB, and the Buy Black Movement in general, then you'll want to check out this list of Jackie Robinson-inspired products on WBB.
This T-shirt dons one of Robinson's most prolific quotes. The shirt reads, "I'm not concerned with you liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being." This quote not only sums up the Black community's sentiment during the Civil Rights Movement, but it also speaks to this generation of activists. We prefer respect over likes. Click here to get your shirt today.
This children's book is an inspirational historical fiction that every child needs. Kwame, a baseball-loving child genius, takes you on a journey back in time. Using his wristwatch, he travels back in time to converse with Jackie Robinson. Their conversation changes Kwame's life forever. Click here to purchase a copy now.
Are you a history enthusiast? Do you know someone who is? If so, then you need to get this Negro League Baseball Poster. Featuring the greatest Black baseball players including Jackie Robinson, this poster is better than baseball cards. It's black and white finish will surely add a nice touch to any home. Click here to purchase this poster today.