Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia (http://www.biography.com/people/jackie-robinson-9460813). He grew up in a family that wasn't the most fortunate when it came to money. As Jackie grew up he always looked up to his brother Matthew. Matthew is the reason Jackie decided to pursue a career in sports this was because Matthew made the olympics for track(http://www.biography.com/people/jackie-robinson-9460813).
Jackie was a multi-talented athlete he played baseball, football, and track and field and excelled in all of them.
When Jackie grew up he played baseball in the negro leagues and he was one of the best players in the league, but that isn't why Branch RIckey decided he was the one to break the color barrier. When Jackie was on a road trip with his team one of Branch RIckey’s assistants pulled up and asked for Jackie and told him Branch wanted to talk business with him. Jackie accepted and went to talk with Branch when he got there he was under the assumption he wanted him to play on one of his negro league teams but Branch had a bigger idea. He told Jackie he wanted him to play on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie accepted but he had to promise Branch that he wouldn’t snap back at all of the racism he was going to face. Jackie signed his contract and was moved to Montreal to play on the Brooklyn Dodgers Double A team. When Jackie arrived he saw how hard it really was going to be his team members didn’t even accept him.
When Jackie finally got called up to the majors he found out that this was going to be the hardest thing he would ever do. But he wasn’t going to do it alone because Branch had his back by trading away (to a really bad team) any people who disagreed with his plan on having Jackie play on the team. Jackie only had one teammate that really accepted him as a ball player and didn’t care what skin color he had his name was Pee Wee Reese. It was helpful to have
Wee on his side because he was the captain of the entire team...