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Jackie Robinson Pasadena Junior College "Campus 1937" Yearbook

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Oppressed by segregation in an otherwise affluent community, 18-year-old Jackie Robinson took the field wherever he could, taking California's high school athletic arenas by storm. Attesting to his undeniable multi-sport prowess, the offered Pasadena Junior College 1937 yearbook "unveils" the history-making legend more than a decade before he changed America's social and athletic climates. Entitled Campus 1937, this 263-page spiral bound volume was issued during Robinson's tenure at the learning institution. In what may very well be the first-ever published account of Robinson's talents, the "Varsity Baseball" summary (page 69) declares: "Shortstop saw Jack Robinson, Tech transfer, handling the situation ably." On the following page, a black-and-white image of Robinson is also possibly the first of its kind. A scarce historical find, this particular item exhibits stunning preservation and quality, with sturdy covers and crisp pages complete and intact.

Featured, as well, in this historic volume is older sibling Matthew "Mack" Robinson. At the time this yearbook was issued, it was the elder Robinson who had already established himself in the athletic arena, setting National Junior College standards in the long jump (25 feet, five inches at Drake Relays) and 220-yard dash. In fact, prior to appearing in this yearbook, Mack Robinson had secured a Silver Medal in the 1936 Olympic Games, finishing a mere 0.4 seconds shy of famed sprinter Jesse Owens in the Men's 200-meter dash in Berlin. His reputation preceding him, Mack Robinson was pictured twice (page 78) in the offered yearbook, as part of the Varsity track team and individually, as the co-captain.  
 
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