Jackie Robinson: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Mary Linge

By Mary Linge

When the Brooklyn Dodgers recruited Jackie Robinson from the Negro Leagues' Kansas urban Monarchs in 1947, it marked a turning aspect either in baseball and civil rights heritage. Robinson turned the 1st African American to play within the significant Leagues, and in doing so, led generations of black gamers into the formerly all-white international baseball. As one of many maximum avid gamers expert baseball has ever noticeable, Robinson fought fiercely for civil rights off and on the diamond all through his lifetime, and in doing so grew to become a superb American hero.

Mary Kay Linge recounts the intense tale of Robinson's life-from his early formative years within the South, to his collage years at UCLA, to changing into a corridor of Famer and an important determine within the NAACP. In studying the encompassing social and cultural contexts of Robinson's time, this biography examines the legacy of a guy who eternally replaced baseball. A timeline, statistical appendix, bibliography of print and digital assets for additional interpreting, and images improve this biography.

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Babe” Horrell as its new football coach. Horrell was a Pasadenan who had been a legendary PJC athlete. For Robinson, it seems to have confirmed that UCLA was meant for him. 22 Robinson began attending classes at a UCLA extension program in February of 1939. He focused his attention firmly on academics that spring semester, taking English, French, physiology, physical education, algebra, and geometry to catch up to his new classmates at the university. And he announced plans to devote himself to only two varsity sports, football and track, once he enrolled at UCLA.

2 The money from the odd jobs he did—selling hot dogs at Rose Bowl events, delivering newspapers, shining shoes, running errands— went to help the family. There wasn’t much left over to spend on girls. His final football game for Muir was the conference championship of 1936, played against Glendale High in the storied Rose Bowl. As the team’s mainstay, Robinson was so feared that the Glendale players decided to get him out of the game early with a deliberate hit just after the opening kickoff.

39 Robinson, who was still casually dating Bessie Renfro from Pasadena, was taken with Rachel. Her innate kindness was balanced by forthright honesty, characteristics that he found both attractive and worthy of respect. They soon found themselves going out of their way to run into one another on campus—loitering in the parking lot or waiting in Kerckhoff Hall in hopes that the other would come along. These “chance” meetings led to long talks, and the two were soon considered a couple. Their status was sealed when Robinson asked Rachel, not Bessie, to attend UCLA’s homecoming dance with him on November 2.

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