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Early life Family and personal life Robinson was born on January 31,into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. With the track and field squad, he won awards in the broad jump.
He was also a member of the tennis team. He was a shortstop and leadoff hitter for the baseball team, and he broke school broad-jump records held by his brother Mack.
On January 25,he was arrested after vocally disputing the detention of a black friend by police. Karl Downs to attend church on a regular basis, and Downs became a confidant for Robinson, a Christian. While at Fort Hood, Robinson often used his weekend leave to visit the Rev.
The driver backed down, but after reaching the end of the line, summoned the military policewho took Robinson into custody. Batesrefused to authorize the legal action,  Robinson was summarily transferred to the th Battalion —where the commander quickly consented to charge Robinson with multiple offenses, including, among other charges, public drunkenness, even though Robinson did not drink.
No black man had played in the major leagues since Moses Fleetwood Walker inbut the Boston Red Sox nevertheless held a tryout at Fenway Park for Robinson and other black players on April The best was Josh Gibson. Clay Hopperthe manager of the Royals, asked Rickey to assign Robinson to any other Dodger affiliate, but Rickey refused.
As he was not allowed to stay with his teammates at the team hotel, he lodged instead at the home of a local black politician.
In Sanford, Floridathe police chief threatened to cancel games if Robinson and Wright did not cease training activities there; as a result, Robinson was sent back to Daytona Beach. Robinson thus became the first black player to openly play for a minor league team against a major league team since the de facto baseball color line had been implemented in the s.
With Eddie Stanky entrenched at second base for the Dodgers, Robinson played his initial major league season as a first baseman. The brewing mutiny ended when Dodgers management took a stand for Robinson. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded.
Some, notably the St. Louis Cardinalsthreatened to strike if Robinson played, but also to spread the walkout across the entire National League. After the threat was exposed, National League President Ford Frick and Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler let it be known that any striking players would be suspended.
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Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, – October 24, ) was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era.
Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, When the Dodgers . On December 2, the Cardinals named Mabry the assistant hitting coach to Mark McGwire in , soon after announcing former teammate Mike Matheny would be the new manager.
On November 5, , the Cardinals promoted Mabry to hitting coach following McGwire's departure to Batting average Did you know that Hank Aaron hit seven-hundred fifty-five career home runs and exactly one inside the park home run?
Hammerin Hank also had nine walk-off home runs, seventy-nine home runs that tied the game, and two-hundred sixty four that put his team ahead in the game!.
Twenty-six members belong to the Home Runs Club and only five of them have hit all of their career . According to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, Wiencek signed a record 72 players who went on to play Major League Baseball.
Among the players Wiencek signed are Mark McGwire, Jim Kaat, Greg Nettles, and Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris.