Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 by LibraryAdministration
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 "did you knows" about Jackie Roosevelt Robinson
Son of a sharecropper and grandson of slaves.
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; he hit .097 in his only season, although in his first game he went 4-for-4 and twice stole home
Was court-martialed in the army for not going to the back of the bus. Later acquitted he recieved an honorbale discharge as a 2nd lieutenant.
Brother, Mack won a silver medal in the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. He finished .04 seconds behind Jesse Owens in the 200 meters.
His first game April 15, 1947 he played first base. Later he was a 2nd baseman.
Stole home 19 times, footage of his World Series romp show he ws probably out.