Jackie Robinson was an amazing baseball player during the 40’s and into the 50’s.through baseball he also became an early pioneer of the civil rights movement. His career has been filled with ups and downs but he never lost his focus throughout his life. In this essay we will be discussing Jackie Robinson’s early life, impact on society, and the criticism he went through during his career and his early life.
Born in January 31, 1919, in a small town in Georgia called Cairo in the Deep South. He was born into a family of sharecroppers. Life as a sharecropper was hard because you didn’t have much income to live off any income 95% of it went to the land owner. Jackie was the youngest of five children; he had three brothers and one sister. His dad right after Jackie’s after he was born left with the land owner’s wife and the land owner wanted the Robinsons off his property so at the age of sixteen months his family moved to Pasadena. When they arrived his mom got a job as a maid and she also got jobs as a cook. Jackie’s only sister took care of him because his mom worked so many hours. Even though she was only two years older than Jackie is sister took him to school and while he was playing outside his sister was in class and watched him to make sure he didn’t get in trouble.
When he started school all of his class mates realized how fast Jackie could run and black and whites alike always wanted him on his team. His sister had once said “he always had a ball in his hand” (Herman page 15). When he turned eleven, times grew tougher as his family entered the Great Depression. To help his mom support his family, Jackie got a job mowing lawns and delivering papers. As a teen Jackie was shy and quite when around people he didn’t know. He felt closer to his brothers Mack and Frank Robinson. Jackie once claimed, “Frank was always there to protect me when I was in a scrap.
While growing up he had his own little gang of his closest friends, they called themselves the Pepper Street Gang. One time they took some golf balls from a golf course and then rent right back around and sold them right back to the players. What they did wasn’t right but they never got into big trouble and never did anything violent. His mom was a strong woman but even then it was hard for Jackie to grow up without a dad. Some men from the neighborhood helped raise Jackie and guide him. One person told him that being in a gang was just fallowing the crowd. His minister of his church gave him a place to go after school. At the age of twenty he beloved brother frank died in a motorcycle accident. Jackie later wrote” I can’t believe he is gone and that I won’t have his support anymore” (Herman page 24).
He really started his career in collage after his brother died. He started playing sports at Pasadena junior college. Then transferring to UCLA in 1939 where then his brother died, after his brother died Jackie threw himself into sports. He claimed “it helped take my mind off of Frank”...