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YOU TALK TOO MUCH

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This week, The African American Biography Series of 2013 brings to you the life of Mr. Jackie Robinson and Mr. Willie Mays.  Two African American Major League Baseball Players. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919.  He was born into a family of Sharecroppers, but his mother Mallie Robinson single-handedly raised Jackie and his other siblings.  From his humble beginnings he grew into the first Baseball player to break into Major League Baseball and to break the color barrier that segregated the sport of Baseball for 50 years.  At UCLA, Jackie Robinson was the first athlete to win Varsity Letters in four sports:  baseball, basketball, football and track.  Due to financial difficulties, Jackie Robinson was forced to leave college.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He became a second Lieutenant and lasted two years in the Army before receiving an Honorable Discharge.  In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Richey approached Jackie Robinson about joining the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The Major Leagues had not had an African American player since 1889.  Jackie Robinson's life and legacy will be remembered as one of the most important in American History.  Mr. Willie Mays today is 81 years old.  He was born in Alabama and imagined becoming a baseball player like his father.  While working in a steel mill Willie Mays' father also played on a semi-professional baseball team which was sponsored by the mill.  He began teaching Willie to catch a ball even before he could walk.  At age 14, Willie Mays joined his father on the mill team.  By age 16 Willie Mays began his professional career with the Birmingham Black Barons. This is Black History on internet radio, blogtalkradio.  I'm Laura Gall and the name of my show is "You Talk Too Much".  Thank you for listening.

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