Episode 46: Jackie Robinson Debuts

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

April 15 marks the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson making his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Here are some things you might not know about Jackie Robinson.

First: Robinson’s older brother Mack earned a silver medal in the 200 meters at the 1936 Olympics in berlin.

Second: Jackie Robinson made his professional baseball debut with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League in 1945. He was paid $400 a month.

Third: Robinson’s career ended when he retired instead of being traded to the New York Giants in 1956.

Our question: Robinson was the first athlete to letter in four varsity sports while in college at UCLA.

Besides baseball, football and basketball, what other sport did Robinson letter in?

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About the photo above via Wikipedia: This is a photo taken by Bob Sandberg when working as a staff photographer of LOOK Magazine, and is part of the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. Their former owner, Cowles Communications, Inc, dedicated to the public all rights it owned to these images as an instrument of gift.

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