Timeline of events in the lives of Rachel and Jackie Robinson
Jack Roosevelt Robinson is born in Cairo, Georgia.
Rachel Isum is born in Los Angeles, California.
Seventeen-year-old Jackie attends George Washington High School in Pasadena, California. He excels in sports even winning the city's Ping-Pong championship. Jackie's brother Mack competes in the Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He wins the silver medal in the 200-meter dash, finishing second behind Jesse Owens.
Rachel and Jackie meet at UCLA, where Jack is the first athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports in a single year.
Jackie joins the army. Rachel studies nursing in San Francisco and works as a riveter in an aircraft factory at night. 1945
Jackie joins the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League. On October 23 he signs a contract to play for the Montreal Royals, the top minor league team of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Branch Rickey, the Dodgers general manager, pays him a $3,500 bonus, plus $600 per month. 1946
Rachel and Jackie are married in February. Jackie plays his first minor league game. The Royals win the "Little World Series," with Jackie scoring the winning run in the seventh and deciding game.
Jackie plays in his first major league game. During the season he is taunted by players and fans. His salary is $5,000, plus a $3,500 bonus. Robinson is named the National League Rookie of the Year. A son, Jackie Jr., is born.
Children Sharon and David are born.
Robinson retires from baseball. During his ten years with the Dodgers the team wins six pennants and one World Series. Robinson becomes a business executive, and works extensively with the NAACP.
Rachel joins the nursing staff of the first day hospital in the U.S. for mentally ill patients.
Jackie is inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 1965
Rachel becomes Assistant Professor of Nursing at Yale University.
Jackie Robinson dies on October 24, at age 53. Rachel Robinson starts the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation, which specializes in building low-to-moderate-income housing.
Rachel Robinson creates the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides educational and leadership opportunities for minority students nationwide.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships to 141 Jackie Robinson Scholars, for the year. The students attend more than 60 colleges and universities nationwide. Over 3,000 requests for scholarships are received each year.