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Jackie Robinson Overcoming Adversity Jackie Robinson the first African-American in Baseball transformed the face of American sports forever Not only was he an outstanding athlete but with the help of Branch Ricky owner of Brooklyn Dodgers they worked for reforms in the sports community April 15 1947 is the day that one of the most important events in American history took place On that day Jackie Robinson took the final step in making the biggest breakthrough in sports history it was the day that Jackie Robinson played his first Major League Baseball game which was also the first game of any kind in organized athletics in which a white man shared the field with an African-American Jackie Robinson was born on January 311919 in Cairo Georgia in the heart of the segregated south the grandson of a slave and the son of a sharecop farmer Robinsons father abandoned the family when Jackie was an infant and forced his mother and four older siblings to join the great migration of the time and move to CaliforniaTygiel1 Upon graduating high school Jackie went to UCLA where he maintained a straght A average while playing 4 sportsbaseball basketball football and track and earning a good amount of varsity letters With the outbreak of World War II Jackie was drafted and assigned to Fort Riley Kansas where he faced racial discrimination on a daily basis In The Jackie Robinson Reader by Jules Tygiel he states that He was barred from Officers Candidate School blocked from playing on the camp baseball team and restricted to segregated facilities Robinson however applied both his aggresiveness and celebrity to demand better treatment He rose to the rank of lieutenant and waged a campaign to improve conditions for black soliers at Fort Riley After his transfer to Fort Hood in Texas Robinson refused to move to the back of a military bus and defied the officers who attempted to discipline him resulting in
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