In earlywhile Robinson was at Sam Huston College, the Kansas City Monarchs sent him a written offer to play professional baseball in the Negro leagues. Retrieved June 8, Robinson's continued success spawned a string of death threats. The symptoms of thallium poisoning often involve fever, delirium, convulsions, and progressive blindness, followed by death. But greater challenges and achievements were in store for him. New York Times Co. During one game, teammate Pee Wee Reese put his arm around Robinson in a show of solidarity, and Pittsburg Pirates player Hank Greenberg—a Jewish ball player who had endured his own run-ins with racism—offered words of encouragement when the two met on the field.
After his death inin recognition of his achievements on and off the field, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Jackie Robinson Timeline
InRobinson won the junior boys singles championship in the annual Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament and earned a place on the Pomona annual baseball tournament all-star team, which included future Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bob Lemon. Archived from the original on December 10, After retiring from baseball inRobinson devoted himself to the civil rights movement and became an active voice in politics. Retrieved June 10, Stan Kasten President of Baseball Operations: Archived from the original on July 6,