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Jackie Robinson Geography

Click on the Map Points to Learn About Important Places in Jackie Robinson’s Life

Los Angeles California – When Jackie was a little more than a year old, his mother moved the family to the big city, where Jackie grew up. Jackie went to college at Pasadena Junior College and then the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he excelled in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He became the school’s first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports. Jackie was also an accomplished tennis player!

Cairo, Georgia- Jackie Robinson was born here on January 31, 1919 in this small town known as "Syrup City." He was the youngest of five children and was born in the midst of a terrible Smallpox epidemic.

Kansas City, Missouri- Jackie Robinson played baseball in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs. Jackie played 47 games for the Monarchs and hit .387 with five home runs and fifteen stolen bases. It was here, where Brooklyn Dodgers officials first scouted Jackie.

Brooklyn, New York- Jackie Robinson famously broke the "color barrier" in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947, as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Of the 26,000 fans in attendance that day, over 14,000 were Black. Despite the obstacles, Jackie would enjoy a hall-of-fame career and led the Dodgers to their only World Series Championship in 1955. He stole home plate a Major-League record 19 times. Jackie retired from baseball in 1956.

Cooperstown, New York- Jackie Robinson was enshrined into the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1962. On the 50th anniversary of his Major League debut (April 15, 1997), Major League Baseball retired his number, 42. It will never be worn again by any major league player on any team. April 15th was also named Jackie Robinson Day.