Jackie Robinson played an important role in helping break the color barrier for all African Americans who had a dream to play major league baseball. Segregation was very high in the mid-1900s and there were separate areas for African Americans to eat, drink, and even use the bathroom. There was a separate baseball league that blacks had to play in and there were absolutely NO blacks in Major League Baseball. That all changed in 1947 when Jackie Robinson was signed to a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. By signing this contract it gave Jackie the opportunity to do what he loved and help change the major leagues as well.
Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919. His family was sharecroppers. Jackie’s mother, Mallie Robinson, was a very hard working woman. Mallie raised Jackie and her four other children all by herself. Jackie and his family lived in a neighborhood where they were the only black family that lived on that block (Jackie Robinson Official). Growing up with only one parent, Jackie had to find his own way of living. He got into many sports and excelled in them all. From a young age, Jackie was the top athlete in the sports he played. As he grew, up he started winning bigger events and got recognized by many people for his talents.
While attending college at UCLA, Jackie became the first African American to earn a varsity letter in all four sports that he play, which were Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Track (Jackie Robinson Official). While playing basketball, Jackie led his conference, which was and still is the Pac-10 or the Pacific Coast Conference, in scoring two years in a row. In 1940 he won the NCAA Championship in the broad jump. He also became an All-American on the football field (Jackie Robinson Official)
Right before Jackie was going to graduate, he had to leave the university because he could not afford it anymore. After he left UCLA, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. While in Hawaii Jackie played football for the semi-professional Honolulu Bears. He didn’t play a full season with them because he became a second lieutenant in World War II (Biography). He never actually had to fight though. While Jackie was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas at boot camp he was put in jail for not giving up his seat on a bus he was on. Jackie was eventually acquitted of the charges and was released from jail and also was given an honorable discharge from the war (Biography). After he was discharged from the war he started playing professional baseball.
Jackie started out playing his baseball career in the Negro leagues because blacks were not allowed to play baseball in the major leagues, yet. He only played for one year in this league. Jackie was a standout player; he separated himself from everyone else that played. He could do it all. Even though Jackie was in the Negro league, he still caught the eye of many professional coaches. Jackie played in the 1945 Negro league all-star game. In this game Jackie went zero for five at...