Jackie Robinson

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I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (31 January 191924 October 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.


  • I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
    • Statement to teammates on the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, as quoted in The Impact and Legacy Years, 1941, 1947, 1968 (2000) by Fred Pulis, p. 20
  • Although he was over the hill when I first saw him, I could visualize how good he must have been. Joe DiMaggio was the best all-around ballplayer I ever saw.
    • As quoted in "Here's the Pitch" by Frank Finch, in The Los Angeles Times (June 5, 1958), p. C2
  • A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives.
    • I Never Had It Made : An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson (1972) by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett, Epilogue
    • This has sometimes been misquoted as:
A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.
  • As reported in The Quotable Quote Book (1990) edited by Merrit Malloy and Shauna Sorensen, p. 137

Quotes about Robinson[edit]

  • This is a particularly good year to campaign against the evils of bigotry, prejudice, and race hatred because we have witnessed the defeat of enemies who tried to found a mastery of the world upon such cruel and fallacious policy.
    • On the coming arrival of Jackie Robinson into the minor leagues, in "Brotherhood Week" in The New York Times (17 February 1946)
  • I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a zebra. I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What's more, I say he can make us all rich. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded.
    • Leo Durocher, as quoted in Out of the Shadows : African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson (2005) by Bill Kirwin
  • Today we must balance the tears of sorrow with the tears of joy. Mix the bitter with the sweet in death and life. Jackie as a figure in history was a rock in the water, creating concentric circles and ripples of new possibility. He was medicine. He was immunized by God from catching the diseases that he fought. The Lord's arms of protection enabled him to go through dangers seen and unseen, and he had the capacity to wear glory with grace. Jackie's body was a temple of God. An instrument of peace. We would watch him disappear into nothingness and stand back as spectators, and watch the suffering from afar. The mercy of God intercepted this process Tuesday and permitted him to steal away home, where referees are out of place, and only the supreme judge of the universe speaks.
  • When things look dark, void, and altogether hopeless to the colored youth of America..., when they need an inspiring thought that should urge them onward to the road of achievement despite forbidding obstacles, they will only need to read of and reflect upon the remarkable career of Jackie Robinson.
  • No other player on this club with the possible exception of Bruce Walker has done more to put the Dodgers up in the race than Robinson has. He is everything Branch Rickey said he was when he came up from Montreal.
    • Robinson's teammate Dixie Walker late in the 1947 season, as quoted in Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Barrier by Harvey Frommer, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003, p. 151. Walker had originally asked Branch Rickey to be traded, upon hearing in spring that Robinson was going to be brought up to the Major Leagues for the 1947 season.

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