Jackie Robinson (basketball, born 1927)

Robert Lloyd Jackson Robinson (born April 26, 1927), nicknamed "Jack" or "Jackie", is a retired American Baptist pastor and theologian and was a college basketball player who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics.[1]

Jackie Robinson
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Robinson from the 1948 Round-Up
Personal information
Born (1927-04-26) April 26, 1927 (age 93)
Fort Worth, Texas
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolR. L. Paschal (Fort Worth, Texas)
CollegeBaylor (1945–1948)
PositionPoint guard
Career highlights and awards


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Robinson is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco Texas. Robinson was an All-American basketball player, 1946–48, while at Baylor University. Awarded the Jack Dempsey outstanding athlete award in 1947, he won a gold medal as an outstanding guard on the 1948 Olympic basketball team in London. During the Olympics he was among a group of athletes who went to Buckingham Palace and were formerly presented to the King, the Queen and the then Queen Mother. Subsequently the BBC broadcast his recollections of the event which included informal meetings with the Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth and later an extended informal conversation with the King during which Robinson corrected the King's misapprehension as to the relative statures of California and Texas. A recording is still extant.[2]


Between 1953 and 1974, Robinson was minister of First Baptist Church of Augusta,[3] a church of some 3,600 members, where the Southern Baptist Convention was organized in 1845.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jack Robinson". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Jackson Robinson meets the Royal Family". Olympic Teams visit Buckingham Palace. BBC. 1948. Retrieved 2010-10-07. The Texan basketball player recounts his visit to Buckingham Palace...
  3. ^ Bannister, Anna (2004). "Church History". FBCA Website. First Baptist Church (Augusta, Georgia). Archived from the original on 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2010-10-07. The twenty year ministry of Dr. Robert Jackson Robinson was begun in 1953

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