Test your baseball knowledge of Jackie Robinson.
Get up to bat in this
Alan's FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.
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,
Where did they move too?
- Bridgeport, West Virginia
- Pasadena, California
- Salem, Oregon
- Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
2) Jackie’s brother, Matthew (nicknamed "Mack"),
was a silver medalist at the 1936 Summer Olympics in the men's 200
Who beat Mack in
- Ralph Metcalfe
- Jesse Owens
- Archie Williams
- 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.
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?
- Pasadena College
- Santa Barbara University
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.
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.
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?
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?
- Birmingham Black Barons
- Jacksonville Red Caps
- Kansas City Monarchs
- St. Louis Stars
9) In 1946, Robinson played for the Montreal
Royals. He played in 124 games.
What was his batting average?
10) Robinson makes his MLB debut with the
Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 at Ebbets Field.
Who did the Dodgers beat 5 - 3?
- Boston Braves
- Chicago Cubs
- New York Giants
- 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?
- Ralph Branca
- Gil Hodges
- Pee Wee Reese
- 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.
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
position did he play?
- First Base
- Second Base
- Third Base
- 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
- Fly out
- Home run
15) What was Robinson MLB
career batting average?
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
is the corporation?
- Chock Full O'Nuts
- Howard Johnson’s
- Maxwell House
17) When was Robinson
inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
18) On October 24, 1972, Robinson died of a heart
attack at home in Stamford, Connecticut, at age 53.
19) Where was Jackie Robinson
- Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
- Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York