10 Surprising Jackie Robinson Facts

In the 20th century, Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first black baseball player to play in the American Major Leagues.

Jackie comes from a sports-loving family and discovered his talent while attending Washington Junior High School.

He plays guard on the basketball team and quarterback on the football team. He is also a member of the tennis and track and field teams.

Jackie served in the U.s. Army from 1942 to 1944. His rank was 2 Lieutenant.

Jackie Robinson married Rachel Isom on February 10, 1946, in a ceremony presided over by their old friend Reverend Carl Downs.They had 3 kids

Jackie Robinson received numerous awards during his 10-year Major League Baseball career.

He was named the Nat'l League Most Valuable Player in 1949. He was also the first black player to receive an award.

Racial segregation is legal not only in sports, but also in hotels, restrooms, buses, theaters, and other public places.

Freedom National Bank was founded in 1964. Jackie Robinson was one of its early investors.

He died of a heart attack in 1972, at the age of 53, at his home in North Stamford, Connecticut.