|Sports Played:||Track and Field|
|Induction Year:||1961, Member of Court of Champions|
Matthew "Mack" Robinson is known for being the brother of his more heralded and younger sibling--fellow PJC alumnus Jackie Robinson. But it was Mack Robinson who achieved his own fame as a star athlete in track and field. Qualifying as a student from Pasadena Junior College, Mack won the silver medal, finishing just behind the great Jesse Owens in the 200 meters at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. He returned to PJC to set then national junior college records in the 100 sprint (9.6 seconds), 220 (20.9) and broad jump (25 feet, 5.5 inches, a record broken the next year by Jackie). Robinson went on to the University of Oregon where he was the NCAA champion in the 220 and the AAU champ in the 200. Robinson is a member of the CCCAA State Hall of Fame and U. Oregon Hall of Fame. Mack helped carry the Olympic flag at the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 2000, PCC named the football field--Robinson Stadium--after both Mack and Jackie. Mack was part of PCC's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1961 and a bronze bust of his image immortalized him in the Dick Ratliff Court of Champions in 2000. (Photo of Mack (middle) is the 1936 Olympic regional qualifying meet at the LA Coliseum).