Jackie Robinson: A Legend in Baseball

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. Growing up facing racial discrimination, Jackie excelled in various sports. His journey to becoming a baseball legend began when he played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues. In 1947, he broke the color barrier by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Jackie faced intense racism from fans, opponents, and even teammates. Despite the insults and threats, he remained focused. His incredible skills included powerful batting, smart base running, and excellent fielding. In his rookie year, he hit .297 and was named Rookie of the Year. Jackie’s speed and agility made him a constant threat on the bases, and his defensive skills as a second baseman were exceptional.

In 1949, he won the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. Jackie’s impact went beyond statistics; he became a symbol of courage and perseverance, advocating for civil rights. In 1962, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, cementing his place in history as one of the greatest players of all time.

Jackie Robinson’s legacy lives on, reminding us of the power of resilience and determination in overcoming barriers. In 1997, MLB retired his jersey number, 42, across all teams. Every year on April 15, MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, where all players wear the number 42 to honor his contributions to the game and society.

Reading Checkup Quizzes

  1. When did Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in Major League Baseball?
  • a) 1945
  • b) 1947
  • c) 1949
  1. What skill made Jackie Robinson a constant threat on the bases?
  • a) His powerful swing
  • b) His strong arm
  • c) His base running
  1. What honor did MLB bestow upon Jackie Robinson in 1997?
  • a) Induction into the Hall of Fame
  • b) Retiring his jersey number 42 across all teams
  • c) Naming an award after him

Interactive Activity

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Jackie Robinson Day

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think was Jackie Robinson’s most significant contribution to both baseball and society?