80+ Famous Jackie Robinson Quotes And Sayings On Life, Racism

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80+ Famous Jackie Robinson Quotes And Sayings On Life, Racism

Jackie Robinson Quotes | Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on May 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. Jack Roosevelt was the youngest of his five siblings. All of them were brought up by their mother, that too in very poor conditions.

Robinson became the first Black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was educated at John Muir High School. His college was Pasadena Junior College in California. He was a very outstanding athlete during that time and used to play four sports – soccer, basketball, track, and baseball. In 1938, he was also awarded the name of the field’s most valuable player in baseball.

Jack Roosevelt’s elder brother Matthew used to inspire Jack Roosevelt for athletics.

Apart from being an outstanding athlete, Jack Roosevelt also served in the Army for 3 years. 1942 to 1944 He was also the second lieutenant in the US Army. But he never fought any battle.

In 1944, Jack Roosevelt was arrested and court-martialed during a boot camp in Fort Hood, Texas. He was sitting on the bus, and he got into a fight because he was asked to sit on another bus, but he refused. Due to this, he was court-martialed by the Army.

In 1940, Jack Roosevelt met Rachel Issam, who was training a nurse. Both fell in love with each other and got married on February 10, 1946. They had three children, Jack, Sharon and David.


Also worked in army


After leaving the Army in 1944, he took baseball professionally. At that time, this game was a segregated game in which Black Americans and White Americans played separately.

His playing was very outstanding, so he was selected for a white team. It was not that easy. Some people in his own team used to make fun of him, and people in the audience laughed at him. Not only this but many times, his family also got threats.

In 1962 Jack Roosevelt was the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


As a social activist


Apart from basketball, he was also a social activist who supported African American athletes. Along with him, he also supported his civil rights and other social and political causes.

He died on October 24, 1972, at 53 due to heart problems and diabetes.

A famous movie has also been made on him, The Jackie Robinson Story,


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“When I am playing baseball, I give it all that I have on the ball field. When the ball game is over, I certainly don’t take it home. My little girl who is sitting out there wouldn’t know the difference between a third strike and a foul ball.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I don’t think it matters what I believe, only what I do.”

– Jackie Robinson


“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


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

– Jackie Robinson


“I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson

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“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“The black press, some liberal sportswriters, and even a few politicians were banging away at those Jim Crow barriers in baseball. I never expected the walls to come tumbling down in my lifetime.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I had practiced with the team, and the first scheduled game was with the University of Missouri. They made it quite clear to the Army that they would not play a team with a black player on it. Instead of telling me the truth, the Army gave me leave to go home.”

– Jackie Robinson


“Today, Negroes play on every big league club and in every minor league. With millions of other Negroes in other walks of life, we are willing to stand up and be counted for what we believe in. In baseball or out, we are no longer willing to wait until Judgment Day for equality – we want it here on earth as well as in Heaven.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I have always been grateful to Colonel Longley. He proved to me that when people in authority take a stand, good can come out of it.”

– Jackie Robinson


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“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I guess you’d call me an independent, since I’ve never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label.”

– Jackie Robinson


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

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“A new breed of Republicans has taken over the GOP. It is a new breed which is seeking to sell to Americans a doctrine which is as old as mankind – the doctrine of racial division, the doctrine of racial prejudice, the doctrine of white supremacy.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

– Jackie Robinson


“The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.”

– Jackie Robinson


“How you played in yesterday’s game is all that counts.”

– Jackie Robinson


“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”

– Jackie Robinson


“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.”

– Jackie Robinson


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“Negroes aren’t seeking anything which is not good for the nation as well as ourselves. In order for America to be 100 percent strong — economically, defensively and morally – we cannot afford the waste of having second- and third-class citizens.”

– Jackie Robinson


“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.”

– Jackie Robinson


“It isn’t a perfect America and it isn’t run right, but it still belongs to us.”

– Jackie Robinson


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

– Jackie Robinson


“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.”

– Jackie Robinson


“When I am playing baseball, I give it all that I have on the ball field. When the ball game is over, I certainly don’t take it home. My little girl who is sitting out there wouldn’t know the difference between a third strike and a foul ball.”

– Jackie Robinson


“Above anything else, I hate to lose.”

– Jackie Robinson


“The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.”

– Jackie Robinson


“This ain’t fun. But you watch me, I’ll get it done.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I don’t like needing anyone for anything.”

– Jackie Robinson


“Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”

– Jackie Robinson


“I had to fight hard against loneliness, abuse, and the knowledge that any mistakes I made would be magnified because I was the only black man out there… I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”

– Jackie Robinson


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“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

– Jackie Robinson


“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.”

– Jackie Robinson


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