For Black History Month, we are sharing Jackie Robinson facts, the first black baseball player who played in Major Leagues and Civil Rights Movement activist. Our free printable Jackie Robinson facts include two coloring pages ready to be printed and colored with your magic colors as you learn about one of the most important black players in the Major League teams.
Jackie Robinson Facts About his Life and Professional Baseball Career
Did you know Jackie Robinson had a .313 batting average and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962? Did you also know his older brother, Mack Robinson, won a silver medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics as a track and field athlete? Click the green button to download and print the fun facts about Jackie Robinson:
There’s so much to learn about Jackie Robinson, so here are 10 facts about him!
Jackie Robinson Facts for Kids
- Jackie Robinson was the first black American to play in Major League Baseball.
- He was the youngest of 5 siblings and was born on January 31,1919, in Cairo, Georgia.
- His full name was Jack Roosevelt Robinson, and his middle name was after President Roosevelt.
- Robinson joined US Army in 1942 and became second lieutenant a year later.
- During his high school years, he played basketball, baseball, track, and football.
- Robinson received an invitation to play baseball from Kansas City Monarchs in 1945.
- The Kansas City Monarchs offered him 400 dollars per month – more than 5,000 dollars today.
- When he was 28 years old, he made a debut for Brooklyn Dodgers in a major league. He played 151 games in total and scored 125 home runs in 175 hits.
- The Time magazine awarded him as one of the 100 most influential people in 1999.
- Major League Baseball celebrates April 15 of each year as Jackie Robinson Day. On this day, all players of the teams put on jersey number 42, Robinson’s uniform number.
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More Jackie Robinson Facts
- Fun fact, he has an asteroid named after him!
- He played himself in the Jackie Robinson Story.
- He was the fifth child of Mallie Robinson and Jerry Robinson, tenant workers on the plantation of James Madison Sasser in Gray County.
- Robinson was an outstanding athlete at Pasadena Junior College, where he was part of a basketball team and football team, among others.
- After his death, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan, and President George W. Bush awarded Jackie the Congressional Gold Medal.
- Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson were friends, and Jackie attended MLK’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.
- Being the first black player in a Major League Baseball team on April 15th, 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier, ending racial segregation in a sport that had been divided for more than 50 years.
- Jackie Robinson was a soldier during World War II, and in November of 1944, based on an ankle injury, Jackie received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.
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SUPPLIES RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR Jackie Robinson FACTS
- For drawing the outline, a simple pencil can work great.
- Colored pencils are great for coloring in the bat.
- Create a bolder, solid look using fine markers.
- Gel pens come in any color you can imagine.
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