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News: Jackie Robinson's Birthday Celebrated at PCC

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Pasadena City College celebrates today, Jan. 31, the birthday of its most famous alumnus Jackie Robinson. A four-sport star at Pasadena Junior College, Robinson went on to break the modern color barrier in Major League Baseball on his way to a Hall of Fame career. A 20th century icon, Robinson is known for being at the forefront of the civil rights movement.

Robinson, who died in 1972, would have turned 94 today. He is a member of the PCC Dick Ratliff Court of Champions where a bronze bust in his likeness is seen next to Robinson Stadium, the football/soccer/track facility named in the honor of both Jackie and his older brother Mack Robinson. 

Robinson was recognized in today's search engine for Google.

Robinson's influence at PJC back in 1937-39 is still looked fondly by the City of Pasadena. Both PCC's softball and baseball teams play at off-campus fields that bear his name. The softball team plays at Robinson Park (Fair Oaks Avenue) while the baseball team plays home games at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

In baseball, Robinson was an All-Southern California most valuable player on a conference champion PJC team in 1938. In football, he was the school's first 1,000-yard rusher and still holds the longest run from scrimmage in PCC football history--99 yards v. CalTech. In track and field, he broke his brother's national mark in the broad jump, and in basketball he played again on a conference winning team as the school's top rebounding forward.

The 2012 Lancers baseball team honored Robinson last year by wearing replica jerseys of the PJC 1938 team with his signature MLB number 42, one that is retired throughout the Major Leagues. 

Robinson was inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

Release Date: 01/31/2013
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu