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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson – January 31, 1919

Jackie Robinson









  • Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, GA
  • He had five brothers and sisters, and was raised by his mother, Millie
  • When he was very young, his family moved to California
  • Jackie did very well in sports as a young man, and was very successful
  • He played sports at a time when African Americans were not able to
  • Jackie went to UCLA, and was the first person to win four varsity letter there (in track, baseball, football, and basketball)
  • His brother, Mack, was a very successful athlete too, and won a silver medal in the 1936 Olympics in the 200 meter dash
  • After college, Jackie was drafted into the Army during World War II, and served as an officer in a battalion of only African American soldiers
  • After the Army, Jackie began playing professional baseball for the African American league, on the Kansas City Monarchs, and did very very well
  • At this time, African American players were not allowed to play Major League baseball
  • Jackie was asked to come play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and became the first African American major league player
  • Some people were very mean to Jackie, yelling at him and throwing things at him during the games
  • Jackie was still very successful, and was named Rookie of the Year
  • Though he and his family had to deal with some very difficult situations and feelings, Jackie is remembered as one of the best players in the history of Major League Baseball
  • He had a career batting average of .311, was named the National League MVP in 1949, had 197 stolen bases and 137 home runs, was named to the All-Star team six times, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962

Decorations: Baseball!

We used everything from a grass-looking tablecloth to Brooklyn Dodgers napkins to Baseball lanterns hanging from our ceiling.  The boys were so excited!










Activity: 42!

Movies are usually the easy way out, as far as activities for our parties – but the boys had been looking forward to seeing 42 for quite some time.  This was the perfect opportunity, and they loved it!  I had a back-up activity, in case they had changed their minds about the film, where they could ‘earn’ varsity letters in different sports.  They were going to complete a few challenges (throw football through a hoop, catch a baseball five times in a row, sprint around the room in a certain time, etc.  That will make a nice rainy day activity sometime, though!

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