Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Original Name Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Cairo, Grady County, Georgia, USA
Death 24 Oct 1972 (aged 53)
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 6, Lot: West Half Of P, Grave 8
Memorial ID 882 · View Source
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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.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jackie Robinson (31 Jan 1919–24 Oct 1972), Find a Grave Memorial no. 882, citing Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .