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Robinson had to use a cane to walk. His hair turned prematurely gray, and he looked much older than he was. In 1964 he left his job at Chock Full O’Nuts. He campaigned for New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to become the Republican candidate for president. Robinson was disappointed when Rockefeller failed to get the nomination. Robinson suffered from diabetes. It affected his eyes, legs, and heart. But he 49 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 50 continued to be active. In 1964 he helped launch the Freedom National Bank, a Harlem bank that served black business people.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant with Robinson’s help in 1952 and 1953, losing both times in the World Series to the New York Yankees. Jackie Robinson longed for the Dodgers to win a World Series. In 1955 it happened. It was once again the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees. The Dodgers won the final game. It was one of the great thrills of Robinson’s life. The Robinsons enrolled their son, Jackie, in an all white school in Connecticut. They believed he would get the best education there.

He was hoisted to the shoulders of the fans. 33 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 34 On November 18, 1946, Rachel Robinson gave birth to the couple’s first child, Jack Junior, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. On April 10, 1947, Branch Rickey called Robinson to tell him he was now a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie Robinson was given the number 42. He earned a salary of $5,000 a year. He became a first baseman. Robinson’s excitement dimmed when some members of the Dodger team signed a petition saying they would not play on the same team with a black man.

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