Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children Jackie's middle name was in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Jackie was an excellent athlete excelling at every sport he decided to play in! Whether it was John Muir high school, Pasadena Junior College or UCLA, but before he could graduate from UCLA, in 1941 He quit school and took a job as an assistant athletic director with the government's National Youth Administration (NYA) in Atascadero, California. Than in 1942 he was drafted and assigned to a segregated Army cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas.
After being discharged Jackie briefly played for his old football team The Los Angeles Bulldogs and than coached a basketball team for Sam Huston College. While there he got an invited to play baseball for Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. This would eventually lead to Jackie making it to the major leagues. Than in 1950 Eagle-Lion Films decided to release an biographical film of..... Read On