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Jackie Robinson:Overcoming Adversity Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in Baseball, transformed the face of American sport forever. Not only was he an outstanding athlete, but with the help of Branch Ricky, owner of Brooklyn Dodgers, they worked for reform in sport community . April 15, 1947 is the day that one of the most important event in America history took place. On that day Jackie Robinson took the final step in making the biggest breakthrough in sport history . It was the dat that Jackie Robinson played his first Major League Baseball game, which was also the first of any kind in organized athletics in which a white man shared the field with an African American. Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. In the heart of segregated south, the grandson of a slave and the son of a sharecrop farmer. Robinson’s 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 California (Tygiel1). Upon graduating high school, Jackie went to UCLA, where he maintained aa straight A average, while playing 4 sports
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