There are few professional sports players that can claim a similar legacy to that of Jackie Robinson. For multiple reasons, Jackie Robinson stands apart from most other sports icons, and his accomplishments are not relegated to the baseball diamond. An outstanding athlete, Jackie Robinson also had to prove his fortitude in society as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. Through personal challenges, professional accomplishments, and unique grace, Jackie Robinson overcame his doubters and detractors, and in doing so forever changed how the game was played. Jackie Robinson’s background and life story are highly applicable to his success, starting with his early upbringing and development into adulthood. How he responded to adversity explains in large part how he made it into the major leagues, and also how he persevered through some of the treatment he received once he made it.