After leading Fort Worth Paschal High School to the 1945 state championship, Jackie Robinson continued his successful basketball career at Baylor University. The year before Robinson joined Baylor, the Bears did not win a game. As a freshman, Robinson averaged 14 points when most teams were only averaging 40 points a game. He led Baylor to a 25-5 record and the conference title. In 1948 Robinson's leadership on the floor took the Bears to the NCAA finals, but they lost in the title game to Kentucky. His 20 points in each of the regional playoff games earned him a spot on the 1948 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic team. In his years at Baylor, Robinson was selected All-SWC three times and was named All-America in 1948. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1966.

Jackie Robinson

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