The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) – By Jason S. Lockard

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children Jackie’s middle name was in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt.

Jackie was an excellent athlete excelling at every sport he decided to play in! Whether it was John Muir high school, Pasadena Junior College or UCLA, but before he could graduate from UCLA, in 1941 He quit school and took a job as an assistant athletic director with the government’s National Youth Administration (NYA) in Atascadero, California. Than in 1942 he was drafted and assigned to a segregated Army cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas.

After being discharged Jackie briefly played for his old football team The Los Angeles Bulldogs and than coached a basketball team for Sam Huston College. While there he got an invited to play baseball for Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. This would eventually lead to Jackie making it to the major leagues. Than in 1950 Eagle-Lion Films decided to release an biographical film of the brave man and even let him star in the film.

The Jackie Robinson Story follows Jackie Robinson’s early life growing up a poor, to shining in the negro leagues, to his bravery in standing on the field as the first African- American to cross the color barrier. This film stars the man himself Jackie Robinson reliving the racism and hatred he had to endure to make the baseball for all colors.

After Robinson retired from baseball at age 37 on January 5, 1957 continued to stay busy whether it was announcing games, managing teams, acting or being active in politics. On June 4, 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number, 42, alongside those of Roy Campanella (39) and Sandy Koufax (32). Solidifying his legacy in baseball history.

Jackie Robinson’s life after baseball was not all roses! Complications with heart disease and diabetes weakened Jackie and made him almost blind by middle age. On October 24, 1972, he died at the age of 53 of a heart attack.

This is a good little film looking at the early life of a very courageous man. I highly suggest you check this one out! So until next time this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a good film check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Adult Language, Adult Themes
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Biographical
Length: 76 Minutes
Released: 1950
Our Rating: A+