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Jackie Robinson
By Tammy Scarbrough

1     Jack Roosevelt Robinson (Jackie) was born on January 31, 1919. Those of you who play baseball may have heard of him. He was born in Cairo, Georgia. But he grew up in Pasadena, California. As he grew, he worked hard and became very good at the sports he played. When he was in college at (UCLA), he became the first athlete in the school's history to letter in four sports basketball, baseball, football, and track.
2     In 1942, Jackie joined the U.S. Army. Two years later, he was given a medical discharge. Then he began teaching physical education at Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas.
3     The next year, he was invited to play pro baseball in the Negro Leagues. He played for the Kansas City Monarchs. During his year in this league, a man named Branch Rickey was looking for black baseball players to play in the major leagues. Everyone thought that Rickey was going to start an all-Negro league. At this time in our country's history, black people were not allowed in the same places as white people. Secretly, Rickey was looking for one black player that was strong enough to break the color barrier that had plagued baseball for 60 years. He found that player in Jackie.

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