Today, April 15, all Major League Baseball teams will honor Jackie Robinson with all players wearing his number 42. To understand how significant Jackie Robinson’s life was, rent the movie “42” tonight. I highly recommend it!
A few fun things you may not know about Jackie Robinson (courtesy of the people at bathoncho.com).
Fun Facts About Jackie Robinson
1. On January 31, 1919 Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was born on a plantation in Cairo, Georgia.
2. Robinson attended John Muir High School where he was placed on the Pomona Annual Baseball tournament all-star team. He played alongside future hall of famers Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox and Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians.
3. Jackie’s older brother, Matthew “Mack” Robinson, was a silver medalist at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He finished 2nd to Jesse Owens in the 200 meter dash.
4. A natural athlete, Jackie Robinson attended UCLA where he participated in not only baseball, but also basketball, football and track.
5. Robinson didn’t play baseball between the ages of 21 and 26. During these years he not only played pro football, but he also served in the US Army as part of World War II.
6. Robinson made a salary of $5,000 his first year with the Dodgers.
7. Jackie played in six different World Series but was only victorious in one of them.
8. At the age of 37 Robinson retired from Major League Baseball as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He then took a position with an American coffee company by the name of “Chock Full O Nuts” where he eventually became the Vice President of personnel.
9. In 1964 Robinson co-founded the Freedom National Bank. A black owned and operated bank in Harlem, New York.
10. Robinson was also the first African American TV sports analyst. He broadcasted for ABC’s Major League Baseball game of the week telecasts in 1965.
11. On March 1, 1981, American astronomer Schelte John “Bobby” Bus discovered an asteroid at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. Bus named the asteroid “4319 Jackie Robinson,” after his favorite baseball player.
12. In 1999 Robinson was added to the Major League Baseball all-century team along with Cal-Ripken Jr., Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, and Ty Cobb. Fans chose the final selections from list compiled of the 100 greatest Major League Baseball players from the past century.