Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1919 to a sharecropping family. He moved to Pasadena, California, with his mother Mallie in 1920, excelled in five sports at Muir High School, and played baseball, basketball, and football at UCLA. While at UCLA he met Rachel Isum, his future wife, but had to leave college for financial reasons in 1941. Robinson joined the Army in 1942, had an altercation with authorities over discrimination, and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Family Portrait

Jackie in Junior High

Jackie as UCLA Student

Sports at UCLA

Baseball at UCLA

Black Students at UCLA

Rachel (Isum) Robinson

Jackie Robinson in the Army

Bucking Army Racism

John Vernon, National Archives

The Negro Leagues