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The deep-seated need to win

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Jackie Robinson, the infielder who in 1947 broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, knew that winning is important.

“It kills me to lose,” he once said. “If I’m a troublemaker it’s because I can’t stand losing.”

His wife Rachel later confirmed his deep-seated need to win.

“I’d run into some of his boyhood friends, and years later they’d remember how Jackie had beaten them in marbles,” she said. “He just had to win at everything. He was an intense competitor, but it was not to hurt or damage someone. He was striving to be the best.”

— Adapted from How to Be Like Jackie Robin­son, Pat Williams with Mike Sielski, Health Com­munications Inc.

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