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21 Jackie Robinson Facts You Need to Know!

Jackie Robinson facts

If you think you know all there is to know about baseball’s trailblazing pioneer, these Jackie Robinson facts just may open your eyes!

When was Jackie Robinson born?

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919.

Where was Jackie Robinson born?

Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, the youngest of five children.

When did Jackie Robinson die?

Jackie Robinson died on October 24, 1972.

Where did Jackie Robinson die?

Jackie Robinson died at his home in North Stamford, Connecticut.

How did Jackie Robinson die?

Jackie Robinson died of a heart attack. It was his second heart attack, with the first occurring in 1968. Robinson suffered from diabetes and heart disease in the years leading up to his death.

How old was Jackie Robinson when he died?

Jackie Robinson was 53 years old when he died.

Did Jackie Robinson go to college?

Yes, Jackie Robinson attended four years of college.

Where did Jackie Robinson go to college?

Jackie Robinson graduated from Pasadena Junior College in 1939 and then enrolled at UCLA, where he lettered in four sports: football, basketball, baseball, track & field.

He was the first Bruin to turn that trick and followed it up by winning the 1940 NCAA national championship in the long jump.

Did Jackie Robinson serve in the armed forces?

Yes. Jackie Robinson was drafted into the army in 1942 and served until receiving an honorable discharge in November of 1944.

Robinson’s military career came to an end following a court-martial that resulted in an acquittal and stemmed from Robinson’s refusal to sit on the back of an army bus.

It would be the first widely publicized display of Robinson’s courage in the face of racism.

What major league baseball teams did Jackie Robinson play for?

Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 through 1956. He also played one season (1945) for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro American League.

Who signed Jackie Robinson?

Branch Rickey, general manager and club president of the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson to a contract in October of 1945.

When did Jackie Robinson debut in the Major Leagues?

Jackie Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Did Jackie Robinson break baseball’s color barrier?

Yes, Robinson became the first black player in the modern major leagues when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Did Jackie Robinson play in the Negro Leagues?

Yes, Jackie Robinson played one season (1945) for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro American League.

Did Jackie Robinson play in the minor leagues?

Yes, Jackie Robinson played for the Montreal Royals in 1946.

Is Jackie Robinson in the Hall of Fame?

Yes, Jackie Robinson is in the Hall of Fame.

When was Jackie Robinson elected to the Hall of Fame?

Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. The baseball pioneer was named on 77.5 % of ballots for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

What was Jackie Robinson’s middle name?

Jackie Robinson’s middle name was Roosevelt, in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who died 25 days before Robinson was born.

When did Jackie Robinson retire from baseball?

Robinson retired from baseball after the 1956 season.

What did Jackie Robinson do after retiring from baseball?

After retiring from baseball, Robinson served as a baseball analyst, political activist, and even dabbled in acting before his untimely death in 1953.

Did Jackie Robinson play football?

Yes, Robinson was a football star in college at UCLA, and was pursuing a career as a running back with the Los Angeles Bulldogs of the Pacific Coast Football League when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor altered his fate.

What position did Jackie Robinson play?

Jackie Robinson played second base through most of his major league career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he broke MLB’s color barrier in 1947, though, Robinson played first base all season, and he spent a good deal of time at third base during his last four seasons (1953-56) in the majors.

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