Before Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play baseball in Major League Baseball, he was a second lieutenant in the United States Army, having joined in 1942. He was discharged in 1944 and began playing professional baseball.
During his time in the Army, Robinson was court martialed for not following a bus driver's directive to give up his seat on a bus. According to Biography.com, his good reputation and the support of those who came to his aid helped in his defense, and he was discharged honorably from the service. Robinson first played in the Negro leagues, but was contacted by Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers who wanted him to play for them. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black player to take the field in a Major League Baseball game.Learn More
Jackie Robinson attended John Muir High School, formally Muir Tech, in Pasadena, Calif. While in high school, Robinson excelled in four sports: basketball, track, football and baseball.Full Answer >
A second lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer in the United States Army, Marine Corp and Air Force. In the Army and Marine Corp, a second lieutenant is in command of a platoon of between 16 and 44 soldiers. In the Air Force, a second lieutenant supervises flights of varying sizes as the flight commander or assistant flight commander, or he works in an administrative position.Full Answer >
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