- from Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson started playing Major League Baseball when he was 28.
He played hard for ten years. By the end of the 1956 season, his body was wearing down. Branch Rickey had always been Robinson’s strongest supporter. But by then, he had left the Dodgers.
Robinson heard the Dodgers were going to trade him to the New York Giants. He thought about his aging body and his feelings for the Dodgers. He decided to retire instead. It was time to try new things.