Jackie Robinson

Birthdate 1/31/1919
Death Date 10/24/1972
Debut Year 1947
Year of Induction 1962
Teams Dodgers
Position Second Base

Jackie Robinson was the first athlete in the history of UCLA to letter in four varsity sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track. 

In the collection:

Personal check made out to Chock Full O' Nuts

Personal check made out to Chock Full O' Nuts

Personal checks are an outstanding way to obtain an authentic autograph. Here Jackie Robinson writes a check on January 29, 1964. The check is make out to Chock Full O’ Nuts, a company that focused on hiring minority
Letter with amazing content from Robinson fan and MLB player Ed Charles

Letter with amazing content from Robinson fan and MLB player Ed Charles

As a boy Ed Charles idolized Jackie Robinson and drew inspiration in watching Jackie break baseball’s color barrier. Here Charles reflects on Robinson’s impact on a personal level and on
Original Associated Press wire photo announcing Jackie's death

Original Associated Press wire photo announcing Jackie's death

The image shows Jackie holding his Hall of Fame plaque at Cooperstown on July 23, 1962 when he was the first black or African American inducted. Robinson provided inspiration to many, far surpassing the realm of baseball. Heart disease took Robinson’s life on October 24, 1972 in Stamford Conne
Short note from Jackie's first big league manager Clyde Sukeforth

Short note from Jackie's first big league manager Clyde Sukeforth

Clyde Sukeforth was a big league catcher who became a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was in that capacity that Sukeforth helped bring Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe into
Jackie's business card

Jackie's business card

After retiring from the game, Jackie Robinson stayed in New York for a number of years. His presence was ranged from helping the common man in the community to working for Governor Rockefeller during the Civil Rights era. In the collection is Robinson’s personal business card from that era. &n
Branch Rickey letter signed one month after Jackie's debut

Branch Rickey letter signed one month after Jackie's debut

Branch Rickey will forever be remembered as the executive who signed Jackie Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier. Rickey was also an innovative figure who is the father of
Questionnaire filled out by Bob Friend, the last pitcher Jackie faced

Questionnaire filled out by Bob Friend, the last pitcher Jackie faced

Jackie Robinson’s illustrious career came to an end on September 30, 1956. That day Robinson came to bat for the last time against the Pirates’ Bob Friend. An All Star for the first time that season, Friend led the National League in games started, innings pitched, and batters faced. In

A Story about Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson inspired future MLB player Ed Charles

June 15th, 2016

Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” By that measurement, Robinson’s life may be the most important the game of baseball has ever known. Though it’s easy to see the cultural impact of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, the individual stories sometimes get lost in the bigger picture. For former Major Leaguer Ed Charles, Robinson emergence was a turning point, not only for the United States, but perhaps more importantly, for an entire segment of its population. “The emergence of Mr. Jackie Robinson as the first black to play modern day organized baseball had a monumental impact upon my life, and I’m sure, the lives of other Americans as well,” Charles wrote in a letter 1984. An eight-year big league veteran, Charles was aware of Robinson at an early age. Charles believed that Robinson’s impact was felt by the nation and its individuals. “Jackie represented to me, given the social climate of the nation at that time, hope, courage, and a new faith in a system that had been grossly neglectful of providing equal participation for its minority citizens,” Charles wrote. “His presence stirred me, as well as others, to redirect our goals […]

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2 responses to “Jackie Robinson”

  1. Wade Charles says:

    I need a expert on jackie robinson i am a high schooler and i need it for research

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