42 - The Life Story of Jackie Robinson

Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 by LibraryAdministration

photo of Robinson and Monte Irvin


I can't wait for the new baseball movie, "42" to open April 12, 2013.  It stars Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford as Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, respectively. 

Here are a few interesting facts about Jackie Roosevelt Robinson.

  • He was the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of slaves.
  • Drafted into the army, Robinson managed to become an officer, and was court-martialed for refusing to sit at the back of a supposedly desegregated bus. Later he was acquitted.
  • He was the first student at UCLA to letter in 4 varsity sports; football, basketball, track and baseball. Belying his future career, baseball was Robinson's "worst sport" at UCLA. In his only season, he hit .097. Although in his first game he went 4-for-4 and twice stole home.
  • His brother, Mack, won a silver medal for the 200 meter race in the 1936 Berlin Summer Games, finishing .04 seconds behind Jesse Owens.
  • Jackie stole home 19 times in his career. Here's footage of his famous World Series romp in 1955.
  • His epitaph is one that he wrote himself. It reads, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on others lives."

Here are some other great titles about Mr. Robinson and the integration of baseball from our library catalog.


Tagged: African American History, Baseball, Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers, integration, Jackie Robinson, Sports and Games, Jackie Robinson, race and sports