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Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson He was the first black person to ever be at bat in the Major Leagues and made his name famous But now everyone seems to have forgotten this great legend So I hope that this will refresh your memory had if youve never heard of him this is what happened in his life Born on January 31 1919 in Cairo Ga Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson he was raised on the Sasser Plantation He grew up without a father who left for Florida with another mans wife leaving his real wife Mallie Robinson to raise five kids Mack Jack Edgar Willa Mae and Franck on her own After his father left Jacks family became poor and had to live in a cabin Soon after that in 1920 Mallie sold a few of her familys things and the family boarded a train to California They bought a house on Pepper Street in Pasadena As child Jackie enjoyed sports as much as the next kid did Just before he started school he became ill with Diphtheria and almost died He was an average student at his school in the playground he realized that his amazing talent in sports made him stand made him stand out More than once he came home with a pocket full of change or an extra lunch because the kids bribed him into playing on their team But his childhood wasnt all-good because all of his friendships ended after each game Lucky for him he had four siblings to spend time with who were all great athletes including Willa Mae who was amazing at basketball He also had some immigrant friends who called themselves The Pepper Street Gang Together they challenged white groups in sports for money Jacks skills bloomed all the way through grade school and into high school At Washington Junior High Scholl he played basketball baseball football and track leading
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