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DID YOU KNOW THAT JACKIE ROBINSON…

…..RAN 75 yards on a punt return for Pasadena Junior College when they defeated the California Institute of Technology, 12-0, at the Rose Bowl? Jackie also intercepted a pass in the game and threw a touchdown pass.1

…..SET a two year college national record in the long jump when he jumped 25 ft., 6 ½ inches at the East-West meet of the California Jaysee League? Jackie was attending school at Pasadena Junior College when he set the record. The previous record holder for the long jump at the junior college was his brother Mack, who had jumped 25 feet, 5 ½ inches for Pasadena Junior College!2

….RECEIVED support from citizens of Pasadena for more than $200 to send Jackie to the National Amateur Athletic Track and Field championships in Buffalo, New York so Jackie could compete in the broad jump? Jackie’s teammates at Pasadena Junior College and a local newspaper provided support for the campaign that was led by Charles Paddock, the original “World’s Fastest Human” and a former record holding sprinter.3

KICKED the extra point conversion after scoring touchdowns for Pasadena Junior College and UCLA? Jackie also returned punts and kickoffs and played running back and quarterback at the two schools.4

.....WAS the Southern California junior college Western Conference points leader on his Pasadena Junior College football team? Jackie led the league in touchdowns with eight and kicked nine extra points.5 Jackie would later be named to the first team as quarterback on the All-Southern California Junior College football team.6

....LED his Pasadena Junior College football team to 14 consecutive wins in 1938? Their final game had the junior college players defeating California Institute of Technology 39-6 and Jackie scored two touchdowns.7

…. WAS recruited by UCLA to be one of the top football players when he signed a letter of intent in 1939? Frank Finch of the Los Angeles Times wrote “UCLA talent scouts yesterday plucked the juiciest plum of the 1939 crop of college-bound athletes….Acclaimed as the most brilliant ball carrier ever developed in Southland junior college ranks, (Jackie) Robinson is expected to help make Coach Babe Horrell’s (UCLA) Bruins a distinct threat in the 1939 Conference scramble….Robinson was the outstanding individual football drawing card on the Coast last year. The potent (Pasadena Junior College) Bulldog eleven, with Robinson operating at one of the halfback berths, consistently drew from 25,000 to 50,000 spectators to the weekly games played in the Rose Bowl. Ninety-nine percent of those present were there because they wanted to see Robinson scoot.8

…..WAS photographed by the Los Angeles Times so that readers could get an idea of what it would look like if Robinson was running at you? When the photographer showed up for the photos, Robinson said he didn’t know what he would do. Reporter Dick Hyland wrote, “By admitting he did not know what he was going to do to elude tacklers, Jackie Robinson not only proved he was an honest man himself and wanted to fool no one but the tackler….Robinson came booming, all right, with the sideline to one side of him, a flock of theoretical tacklers to his left who forced him to come straight ahead, and before him two real live Bruins who were to nail him in fact—if they could. The camera was on all of it. He (Robinson) flowed—there is no better word for it.”9

….WON the basketball scoring championship in the Southern Division of the Pacific Coast Conference with 148 points in the 1940 season for UCLA? Robinson was also named to the first team of the Southern Division All-Star team of the Pacific Coast Conference in basketball.10

…..PULLED off one of the exciting football plays of the 1940 college football season? When the UCLA Bruins played Stanford, Jackie was awaiting a punt return. After the Stanford punter kicked the ball, the ball bounced and came to a dead stop on the UCLA 12-yard line. The Stanford defenders looked at the ball and looked at Jackie, standing by the ball. Suddenly, Jackie scooped up the ball and ran up the sideline. Taken by surprise, the Stanford players chased Jackie and he ran 43 yards on the punt return to take the Bruins out of danger from their end zone.11

….GAVE credit to his Bruin teammates for his football success? After a game when Jackie scored three touchdowns, two touchdowns on long runs, he graciously thanked a teammate after the game. “I wanted to congratulate you for winning the old ball game” said Robinson to teammate Ted Forbes. “Why me?” asked Forbes. “Because your blocking made my long runs possible. That’s why. All I did was just run with the ball,” said Jackie. Forbes was a leading blocker on a 75-yard run for a touchdown by Jackie.12

….MADE players on other football teams so nervous with his running ability they would refuse to kick the football to him? Jackie was considered to be a very fast runner if he received the football on kick returns and punts to him and opposing coaches knew if Jackie had the ball he could gain many yards. “It was quite apparent that Coach (Howard) Jones (USC) and his lads would much rather hear the echo of the booing chorus that goes up when teams refuse to punt to elusive, unpredictable Jackie Robinson, than to witness the Uclan halfback reeling off untold yards toward pay dirt.”13

…..PLAYED in front of 103,000 football fans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the 1939 UCLA-USC game? The two undefeated teams played to a 0-0 tie as neither team could capitalize on scoring opportunities. The tie game meant the USC Trojans would play in the Rose Bowl because USC had two ties but UCLA had three ties. Jackie Robinson did play in the Rose Bowl stadium, but he would not play in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day.14

…..SCORED a touchdown playing for the College All-Star football team against the NFL champion Chicago Bears? Every pre-season in the NFL, the league champion would play a game against the best college players and Jackie was selected to be on the team. Jackie scored a touchdown for the All-Stars, but the Bears won the game 37-13. Jackie received votes for the Most Valuable All-Star Player, but the award went to someone else.15 His touchdown was scored as he caught a long pass from the College All-Star quarterback.16

….PLAYED professional football for a team in Hawaii? Jackie left for Hawaii on September 11, 1941 to play for the Honolulu Polar Bears semi-professional football team in a six-team league in Hawaii.17

…..RETURNED to Los Angeles from playing football in Hawaii to play professional football in the Pacific Coast Professional League for the Los Angeles Bulldogs? Other teams in the league were from cities of Hollywood, San Francisco, and San Diego.

….COACHED basketball for a college team? Jackie was an assistant coach at Sam Houston College in Austin, Texas. The president of Sam Houston College, Rev. Karl Downs, married Rachel and Jackie Robinson, and Jackie had visited the college president often when Robinson was in the United States Army at Ft. Hood in Texas. D.C. Clements of Waco, Texas, played on the team Jackie coached. “If you cut a class or anything like that, he would put you off the team or give you some laps. He was a great coach and a great teacher. He was way ahead of his time.”18

……KNEW he would dedicate himself to perform well with the Dodgers? Upon the signing of his first contract with the Dodgers in October, 1945, he told the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, “I realize the responsibility---not so much to myself as to my people and I won’t let them down. I’ll start swinging as soon as I get to bat.”19

……RECEIVED great national attention when he signed his first professional contract for the Dodgers? Roger Treat of the New York Daily News wrote, “Branch Rickey has slapped Jim Crow in the face, broken an unwritten law which has endured since the beginning of organized baseball and opened a new road for several million Americans to start following the creed of America.” Sam Lacy, sportswriter for the Baltimore Afro-American sent a telegram to Branch Rickey that said, “Your action is the first time in the long history of organized baseball that the sport deserves to be called “The National Pastime.”20

……PUBLISHED a three part interview with Sam Lacy of the Richmond Afro-American on his attempt to make the Brooklyn Dodger roster for the 1947 season?21

……PREPARED for the pressure of his first professional season? Jackie, in the first part of a three part interview with the Richmond Afro-American, said “I was the advance guard, so to speak. I was the force that had been chose to establish a beachhead in hostile territory. I was to test the potency of enemy fire. And as I sat there in the rear of that darkened bus with my eyes closed, I decided to map out the strategy I would use. The jostling of the rickety vehicle wouldn’t let me sleep, so there was plenty of time to think. That’s when it came to me that my cause was sure to be a winning cause. I thought of the various weapons the enemy had used to prove that in the world my race was inferior to all others. One of those weapons was this senseless law which required my wife and me to sit on the back seat of buses in the South. We did it, we still do it, and except for a slight and temporary injury to our pride, nothing really serious comes of it. We suffer no physical harm and their only gain is a false sense of social security. And as I sat there thinking, I tore down each one of the enemy’s anti-racial weapons in much the same way---from his carefully hidden peonage system to the Jim Crow educational pattern which still persist all the way up to the steps of the Capitol in Washington. I can’t help feeling that during the sleepless overnight ride from Pensacola to Sanford (Florida), Jackie Robinson matured! By March 3, when I stepped onto the practice field at Daytona Beach for my initial workout in organized baseball, I was ready for anything.22

…….SURPRISED himself at dinner one night in Havana, Cuba? The Dodgers were playing an exhibition series in Havana and Jackie went to dinner with catcher Roy Campanella. Campanella had played in Mexico and displayed a strong use of the Spanish language. One night, Robinson ordered arroz con pollo from the menu in the Cuban restaurant. Campanella told the second baseman he was ordering chicken and rice and Jackie laughed because he said he had not enjoyed that meal at home.23

….THANKED fans of the Montreal Royals when the Royals won the 1946 International League Championship? Robinson described the scene. “When, at the close of the series, the Montreal fans rushed from the stands, and lifted me to their shoulders, I know I was the happiest man in the world. I knew I was among a host of warm friends, that nowhere on earth could there breathe a wealthier person than I. This was the crowning glory for me; this was evidence that the brotherhood of man could invade the precincts of organized baseball with nobody suffering from the experience” said Jackie.24

……PRAISED his wife Rachel for his success? At the 1948 National Urban League and Greater New York Urban League Dinner, Jackie told the dinner audience that Rachel was responsible for his success and “that she really stood by when the going got tough.”25

…..SPOKE as the announcer for a six-day-a-week radio sports show on station WMCA in New York City? The program was named “The Jackie Robinson Sports Show.” Robinson said the emphasis of the show would be to fight juvenile delinquency.26

….WORKED for the Harlem YMCA in New York City with Roy Campanella? The YMCA would start a program named the Jackie Robinson-Roy Campanella Competitive Clubs to promote youths participating in sports.27

…….PLAYED in exhibition games in Texas with the Dodgers? Games in San Antonio and Beaumont, Texas were sold out on the notice that Robinson would be playing in the games. The newspaper reported that by the time Robinson arrived at the stadium at 10:45 a.m., the line to buy tickets for the night game was two blocks long. One person said, “Anyone would think it was Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.”28



1 Los Angeles Times, November 23, 1937
2 Charles Curtis, Los Angeles Times, May 8, 1938
3 Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1938
4 Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1938
5 Los Angeles Times, November 29, 1938
6 Los Angeles Times, December 22, 1938
7 Los Angeles Times, November 24, 1938
8 Frank Finch, Los Angeles Times, February 17, 1939
9 Dick Hyland, Los Angeles Times, October 28, 1939
10 Los Angeles Times, March 3, 1940
11 Los Angeles Times, November 17, 1940
12 Paul Lowry, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 1940.
13 Paul Zimmerman, The Los Angeles Times, November 27, 1940
14 Paul Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 1939.
15 Chicago Daily News, August 30, 1941
16 Associated Press, August 29, 1941.
17 Los Angeles Times, September 12, 1941
18 EricEnders.com
19 Baltimore Afro-American, October 27, 1945
20 Baltimore Afro-American, October 27, 1945
21 Richmond Afro-American, March 15, 1947
22 Richmond Afro-American, March 15, 1947
23 Richmond Afro-American, March 22, 1947
24 Richmond Afro-American, March 22, 1947
25 Baltimore Afro-American, February 21, 1948
26 Baltimore Afro-American, October 2, 1948
27 Baltimore Afro-American, November 6, 1948
28 Baltimore Afro-American, April 2, 1949

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