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Quotes by Jackie Robinson

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Wikipedia Summary for Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) 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 he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. When the Dodgers signed Robinson, they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

During his 10-year MLB career, Robinson won the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, was an All-Star for six consecutive seasons from 1949 through 1954, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949—the first black player so honored. Robinson played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Series championship.

In 1997, MLB retired his uniform number 42 across all major league teams; he was the first professional athlete in any sport to be so honored. MLB also adopted a new annual tradition, "Jackie Robinson Day", for the first time on April 15, 2004, on which every player on every team wears No. 42.

Robinson's character, his use of nonviolence, and his talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation that had then marked many other aspects of American life. He influenced the culture of and contributed significantly to the civil rights movement. Robinson also was the first black television analyst in MLB and the first black vice president of a major American corporation, Chock full o'Nuts. In the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned financial institution based in Harlem, New York. After his death in 1972, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his achievements on and off the field.

Quote: My problem was my inability to spend much time at home. I thought my family was secure, so I went running around everyplace else. I guess I had more of an effect on other people's kids than I did my own. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

My problem was my inability to spend much time at home. I thought my family was secure, so I went running around everyplace else. I guess I had more of an effect on other people's kids than I did my own.


Quote: After two years at UCLA, I decided to leave. I was convinced that no amount of education would help a black man get a job. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

After two years at UCLA, I decided to leave. I was convinced that no amount of education would help a black man get a job.


Quote: I think if we go back and check our record, the Negro has proven beyond a doubt that we have been more than patient in seeking our rights as American citizens. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

I think if we go back and check our record, the Negro has proven beyond a doubt that we have been more than patient in seeking our rights as American citizens.


Quote: I cannot possibly believe that I have it made while so many black brothers and sisters are hungry, inadequately housed, insufficiently clothed, denied their dignity as they live in slums or barely exist on welfare. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

I cannot possibly believe that I have it made while so many black brothers and sisters are hungry, inadequately housed, insufficiently clothed, denied their dignity as they live in slums or barely exist on welfare.


Quote: Relationships may change throughout the gift of time, memories stay the same forever in my mind. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

Relationships may change throughout the gift of time, memories stay the same forever in my mind.


Quote: If I had to choose between baseball's Hall of Fame and first class citizenship for all of my people. I would say first-class citizenship. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

If I had to choose between baseball's Hall of Fame and first class citizenship for all of my people. I would say first-class citizenship.


Quote: Next time I go to a movie and see a picture of a little ordinary girl become a great star… I'll believe it. And whenever I hear my wife read fairy tales to my little boy, I'll listen. I know now that dreams do come true. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

Next time I go to a movie and see a picture of a little ordinary girl become a great star… I'll believe it. And whenever I hear my wife read fairy tales to my little boy, I'll listen. I know now that dreams do come true.




Quote: At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else.


Quote: The colonel replied that he didn't care how my men had got the job done. He was happy that it had been accomplished. He said that, obviously, no matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

The colonel replied that he didn't care how my men had got the job done. He was happy that it had been accomplished. He said that, obviously, no matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with.




Quote: It would make everything I worked for meaningless if baseball is integrated but political parties were segregated. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

It would make everything I worked for meaningless if baseball is integrated but political parties were segregated.


Quote: A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.


Quote: In my opinion, baseball is as big a business as anything there is. It has to be a business, the way it is conducted. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

In my opinion, baseball is as big a business as anything there is. It has to be a business, the way it is conducted.


Quote: I had no future with the Dodgers, because I was too closely identified with Branch Rickey. After the club was taken over by Walter O'Malley, you couldn't even mention Mr. Rickey's name in front of him. I considered Mr. Rickey the greatest human being I had ever known. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of Jackie Robinson quote; white text on black background

I had no future with the Dodgers, because I was too closely identified with Branch Rickey. After the club was taken over by Walter O'Malley, you couldn't even mention Mr. Rickey's name in front of him. I considered Mr. Rickey the greatest human being I had ever known.


Quote: I speak to you only as an American who happens to be an American Negro and one who is proud of that heritage. We ask for nothing special. We ask only that we be permitted to compete on an even basis, and if we are not worthy, then the competition shall, per se, eliminate us. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of Jackie Robinson quote; white text on black background

I speak to you only as an American who happens to be an American Negro and one who is proud of that heritage. We ask for nothing special. We ask only that we be permitted to compete on an even basis, and if we are not worthy, then the competition shall, per se, eliminate us.


Quote: I want everybody to understand that I am an American Negro first before I am a member of any political party. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

I want everybody to understand that I am an American Negro first before I am a member of any political party.


Quote: When I look back at what I had to go through in black baseball, I can only marvel at the many black players who stuck it out for years in the Jim Crow leagues because they had nowhere else to go. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

When I look back at what I had to go through in black baseball, I can only marvel at the many black players who stuck it out for years in the Jim Crow leagues because they had nowhere else to go.


Quote: During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake. One of them was the National Republican Convention in San Francisco, which produced the greatest disaster the Republican Party has ever known -- Nominee Barry Goldwater. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake. One of them was the National Republican Convention in San Francisco, which produced the greatest disaster the Republican Party has ever known -- Nominee Barry Goldwater.


Quote: This ain't fun. But you watch me, I'll get it done. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

This ain't fun. But you watch me, I'll get it done.


Quote: I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.


Quote: The old Dodgers were something special, but of my teammates overall, there was nobody like Pee Wee Reese for me. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

The old Dodgers were something special, but of my teammates overall, there was nobody like Pee Wee Reese for me.


Quote: How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts.


Quote: Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.


Quote: Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade.


Quote: The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.


Quote: It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first.


Quote: The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.


Quote: Above anything else, I hate to lose. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

Above anything else, I hate to lose.


Quote: A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. by author Jackie Robinson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jackie Robinson with quote

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.


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