Jack Roosevelt Robinson


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Noun1.Jack Roosevelt Robinson - United States baseball player; first Black to play in the major leagues (1919-1972)
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In his autobiography, I Never Had It Made (1972), published the year of his death, Robinson wrote, "A life is not important except in its impact on other lives." Jack Roosevelt Robinson and Branch Rickey, and others connected to them, lived very important lives.
Eleven years before Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, Lieutenant Jack Roosevelt Robinson was court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of a bus in Fort Hood, Texas.
His scouts led him to a 26-year-old shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro League team, named Jack Roosevelt Robinson.