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Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson
Birth: Jan. 31, 1919
Grady County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1972
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player, Social Reformer. Famed baseball player and civil rights advocate who became the first African-American to play in modern major league baseball. Jackie Robinson (born Jack Roosevelt Robinson) was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919. His single mother Mallie later moved the family to Pasadena, California, where he was raised. As a student at UCLA, Robinson earned letters in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, and track) - an unprecedented achievement. After serving in the army during World War II, he returned to civilian life to teach physical education at a college in Austin, Texas. What followed marked the first steps of Robinson's path into history. In 1945, he played in the Negro American League for the Kansas City Monarchs. On Oct. 23, 1945, Robinson and pitcher John Wright, also black, were signed by Branch Rickey (see also Rickey) President of the Brooklyn Club to play on a Dodger farm team, the Montreal Royals of the International League. Robinson led that league in batting average in 1946 and was brought up to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and played all ten years of his major league career with the Dodgers. He started as a first baseman but gained his greatest fame playing second base. Robinson was an immediate success, leading the National League in stolen bases, he was chosen rookie of the year. In 1949 he won the batting championship with a .342 and was voted MVP. In 1956, Robinson received the Spingarn Medal. After retiring from baseball in 1957, Robinson engaged in business and as a spokesman for civil rights. His career average was .311. Robinson became the first African-American inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. He later published his autobiography, I Never Had It Made (1972). Jackie Robinson died in Stamford, Connecticut in Oct. of 1972 at the age of 53. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his number, 42, in tribute to a great man who was willing to suffer insult and injury for the sake of his people and his country. (bio by: Curtis Jackson) 
Family links: 
  Mallie McGriff Robinson (1889 - 1968)
  Jackie Robinson (1946 - 1971)*
  Edgar Robinson (1910 - 1994)*
  Matthew MacKenzie Robinson (1914 - 2000)*
  Willa Mae Robinson Walker (1916 - 1997)*
  Jack Roosevelt Robinson (1919 - 1972)
*Calculated relationship
Cypress Hills Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Section 6, Lot: West Half Of P, Grave 8
GPS (lat/lon): 40.69615, -73.87257
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson
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Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson
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