Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|In April 1997 (50 years after Jackie broke the color barrier), Major League baseball honored Jackie by retiring his jersey number. He is the first player to have this honor. What number had he worn throughout his career?||Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers
42. Jackie wasn't around to see this tribute. He died on October 24, 1972. The impact he had on baseball and on the Civil Rights movement cannot be overstated.
|Amazingly, at the end of his career, Jackie was sold by the Dodgers to another team. Branch Rickey was no longer with the Dodgers. What team did the Dodgers sell Robinson to?||Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants. Jackie, his own man to the end, opted to retire rather than play for the Giants.
|After years of futility, Jackie finally led the Brooklyn Dodgers (Dem Bums) to a World Series Championship in 1955. Who did the Dodgers beat in the Series? ||Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Yankees. It was their first Championship. The next season, they would make it to the World Series again only to lose to the hated Yankees. That Brooklyn team was the victim of Don Larsen's perfect game, the first occurence of that feat in World Series history.
|Jackie's first season, 1947, was also the first year that Major League baseball awarded a Rookie of the Year trophy. At the time, there was only one winner for both leagues. Who won it that year?||Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Jackie Robinson. Jansen, Shea, and Fain finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the balloting. Jackie batted .297 and had 29 stolen bases.
1st Base. He went 0 for 3 at the plate. He played most of his first season at first base, where he had to endure players trying to spike him with their cleats. He spent the majority of his career as a second baseman.
Montreal Royals. Rickey felt Jackie would have an easier time playing in Canada for a year before dealing with the abuse that awaited him in America.
|Jackie's entrance into the Major Leagues is really the story of two men: Jackie and the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed him. What was the General Manager's name?||Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Branch Rickey. There were many people in baseball who strenuously opposed Rickey's signing of Jackie. Both men had a huge stake in Jackie's success. Larry MacPhail had been GM before Rickey. Walter O'Malley (still cursed in Brooklyn) is the man who moved the Dodgers to LA. Happy Chandler was the Commissioner of Baseball when Jackie was signed. It should be noted that Chandler's acquiescense in the signing was in direct contrast to the wishes of the previous commissioner, Judge Landis.
Kansas City Monarchs. Buck O'Neil was his manager and the legendary Satchel Paige was a teammate. Ironically, Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier ultimately contributed to the demise of the Negro League.
Refusing to sit in the back of a bus. He was acquitted of the charge, but the court-martial proceeding prevented him from being shipped overseas. Jackie was honorably discharged in 1944.
|Before gaining prominence (and notoriety) as the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era, Jackie was a four sport star at which university?||Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers
UCLA. He excelled at football, track, basketball and baseball. He was the first UCLA student to play on the varsity squad for all four sports in the same year. Jackie was the first African-American to play in the modern era (1900 to Present). Moses Fleetwood Walker, was the first black player in the Major Leagues in 1884 - catching for the Toledo Blue Stockings. His career was brief, thanks to the efforts of Cap Anson and other owners who objected to Blacks playing in the Majors.