Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Something From My Collection: Jackie Robinson - A 1939 Pasadena Junior College Yearbook

As I had indicated yesterday this is unofficially Jackie Robinson week, so it's only proper that I take a moment to share some Jackie Robinson memorabilia in my collection.  Over the years I have posted up pics of a bunch of my stuff, but realized the other day that I hadn't shared some of my more oddball items.  A couple of years back I posted up a 1938 Pasadena Junior College yearbook that I have (see that post here), but failed to follow up with other yearbooks I have featuring Jackie Robinson.  In fact, I have a total of 4 different vintage yearbooks; one of which is from a school Jackie didn't even go to.  In this post I show you the 1939 Pasadena Junior College Yearbook.

UPDATE: Check out the 1940 UCLA yearbook with Jackie here.

As you would expect, Jackie was quite the athlete in college.  The below pic is from the first page featuring the schools football team.  As you can see, Robinson is prominently mentioned as a juggernaut.
Pasadena Junior College's greatest football team sparked by its greatest individual athlete, Jack Robinson.
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In the yearbook they recount every game the team played, and Robinson is mentioned throughout.  Below is his football portrait.

Jackie also played some basketball for the California Junior College Champions.

Jackie wore #30 for the basketball team.  Below, he is ready to grab a rebound.

And here is his basketball portrait photo.

Jackie was also singled out for membership in the Pasadena Junior College Mast and Dagger honorary club.  Twelve students out of a 7,000 class body received this honor.  They are students who participated in outstanding service to the school and whose scholastic and citizenship record is worthy of recognition. 

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