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Jackie Robinson

Test your baseball knowledge of Jackie Robinson. 
Get up to bat in this Alan's FUN Baseball Trivia quiz. 
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1) Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) born into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia.  After Robinson's father left the family in 1920, they moved. 
Where did they move too?Jackie Robinson

  1. Bridgeport, West Virginia
  2. Pasadena, California
  3. Salem, Oregon
  4. Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

2) Jackie’s brother, Matthew (nicknamed "Mack"), was a silver medalist at the 1936 Summer Olympics in the men's 200 meters.  
Who beat Mack in the race?

  1. Ralph Metcalfe
  2. Jesse Owens
  3. Archie Williams
  4. John Woodruff

3) Jackie landed on the Pomona annual baseball tournament all-star team, which included future Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bob Lemon.

  • True or False?

4) Robinson transferred to a local college, where he became the school's first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track. 
What was the college?

  1. Pasadena College
  2. Santa Barbara University
  3. USC
  4. UCLA

5) Upon finishing Officer Candidate School, Robinson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in January 1943. Robinson was reassigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he joined his unit, the 761st "Black Panthers" Tank Battalion.

  • True or False?

6) While awaiting results of hospital tests on the ankle he had injured in junior college, Robinson boarded an Army bus with a fellow officer's wife; although the Army had commissioned its own unsegregated bus line, the bus driver ordered Robinson to move to the back of the bus. Robinson refused. The driver backed down, but after reaching the end of the line, summoned the military police, who took Robinson into custody. Robinson was acquitted by an all-white panel of nine officers.

  • True or False?

7) After his discharge, Robinson briefly returned to his old football club, the Los Angeles Bulldogs. Robinson then accepted an offer from his old friend and pastor Rev. Karl Downs to be the athletic director at Sam Huston College in Austin, then of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. 
What team was he the coach?

  1. Baseball
  2. Basketball
  3. Football
  4. Tennis

8) Robinson accepted a baseball contract for $400 ($4,836 in 2010 dollars) per month.  Robinson played 47 games at shortstop, hitting .387 with five home runs, and registering 13 stolen bases.  He also appeared in the 1945 Negro League All-Star Game (where he was hitless in five at-bats). 
What team did he play for?

  1. Birmingham Black Barons
  2. Jacksonville Red Caps
  3. Kansas City Monarchs
  4. St. Louis Stars

9) In 1946, Robinson played for the Montreal Royals.  He played in 124 games. 
What was his batting average?

  1. .329
  2. .339
  3. .349
  4. .359

10) Robinson makes his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 at Ebbets Field. 
Who did the Dodgers beat 5 - 3?

  1. Boston Braves
  2. Chicago Cubs
  3. New York Giants
  4. Philadelphia Phillies

11) A Dodgers teammate once came to Robinson's defense with the famous line, "You can hate a man for many reasons.  Color is not one of them."  In 1948, he put his arm around Robinson in response to fans who shouted racial slurs at Robinson before a game in Cincinnati. 
Who was the Dodgers teammate?

  1. Ralph Branca
  2. Gil Hodges
  3. Pee Wee Reese
  4. Duke Snider

12) Baseball fans also voted Robinson as the starting second baseman for the 1949 All-Star Game – the first All-Star Game to include black players.

  • True or False?

13) Robinson makes his last regular season game on Sunday, September 30, 1956, at Ebbets Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He hit a home run in bottom of the third inning. 
What position did he play?

  1. First Base
  2. Second Base
  3. Third Base
  4. Left Field

14) Robinson made his last MLB appearance October 10, 1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series. 
With his last bat in the bottom of the ninth, what did Robinson do?

  1. Fly out
  2. Home run
  3. Strikeout
  4. Walk

15) What was Robinson MLB career batting average?

  1. .301
  2. .311
  3. .321
  4. .331

16) From 1957 to 1964, Robinson was the vice president for personnel for a American corporation.  He was the first black person to serve as vice president of a major American corporation. 
What is the corporation?

  1. Chock Full O'Nuts
  2. Howard Johnson’s
  3. Maxwell House
  4. McDonald’s

17) When was Robinson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

  1. 1960
  2. 1962
  3. 1964
  4. 1966

18) On October 24, 1972, Robinson died of a heart attack at home in Stamford, Connecticut, at age 53.

  • True or False?

19) Where was Jackie Robinson buried?

  1. Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
  2. Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
  3. Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
  4. Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Jackie Robinson
[Answers]

1) B. 2) B. 3) True 4) D. 5) True 6) True 7) B. 8) C. 9) C. 10) A. 11) C. 12) True 13) C. 14) C. 15) B. 16) A. 17) B. 18) True 19) A. Plot: Section 6, Lot: West Half Of P, Grave 8

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