The third reason why Jackie Robinson was so impactful was because his influence on African Americans. In the text it says "Robinson also became a vocal champion for African-American athletes, civil rights, and other social and political causes. In July 1949, he testified about discrimination before the House Un-American Activities Committee. In 1952, he publicly called out the Yankees as a racist organization for not having broken the color barrier five years after he began playing with the Dodgers" (biography.com). This quote shows how he courageously spoke out for all African American rights.
Jackie succeeded in putting the prejudice and racial strife aside, and showed everyone what a talented and dedicated player he was. Robinson led the National League in stolen bases and was selected as Rookie of the Year, he led in stolen bases that year and earned the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. Jackie Robinson became a hero of Baseball, he set league records and became the highest paid in Dodgers history. His success and achievements opened the door for many other African American black baseball players, and inspires children and kids today to play Baseball despite other people’s opinions and thoughts on it. Jackie also became very vocal and voiced his opinion on discrimination, he called out the Yankees for still not having their color barrier broken years after he played with the Dodgers.
Imagine that one of the greatest baseball players ever had to retire due to a life threatening condition, later to be named after him. That was what happened to the legendary Lou Gehrig. Lou Gehrig was a renowned baseball player for the New York Yankees in the early 1920’s. The “Iron Horse” as he was known, was forced to retire at a young age due to a life threatening disease called ALS and often known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Gehrig was a slugger and was loved by fans for not only for his ability to hit the ball out of the park, but also for his social influence in baseball.
Ever hear of baseball hall of famer and great Jackie Robinson? Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in baseball history. Robinson was also one of the bravest people to ever play the sport. He was a great role models for African-Americans, and a role model for even whites as the people started to accept him as a great player. Robinson had helped the civil rights movement by: making blacks more acceptable in sports, showing people not to give up on your dreams, and do whatever you can do to make the dreams come true, and he taught the people to never give up on what they believe in.
Ever since he was little he was involved in many sports but his favorite one was baseball. “I have memories. I remember standing alone at first base-the only black man on the field. I had to fight hard against my loneliness, abuse, and the knowledge that any mistake I made would be magnified because I was the only black man out there.” (Robison 287). This quote tells the readers that Robinson knows that everything he does matters because he’s the only black man on the fields, and how important it is for him to succeed.
Jackie Robinson not only made impacts on the field that were monumental, but he made impacts off the field that were equally as important. Jackie helped presidents get elected, get kids off the streets and into the most prestigious schools there is, and most importantly he broke the black color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson is one of the most influential people to ever live, he did things that people would dream about, he stood up for what he believed. To begin, Jackie’s biggest accomplishment was breaking the black color barrier on baseball, “ Jackie Robinson broke through the color barrier that kept blacks out of the Major League Baseball [MLB]. Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signed the 28 year old infielder,
“Since being accepted in Organized Baseball, most of the articles I read are based mostly on my color” (Zeiler, 79). Jackie Robinson had many hardships when it came to baseball, especially since it was during the 1940’s. This was a time period of much racism and Jim Crow laws were still going strong. Everyone during this time period still believed in separate but equal. Jackie Robinson said that he “confessed that he had come very close to smashing in the teeth of his tormentor” (Zeiler, 29).
He played other sports but baseball was he loved baseball more. Jackie played professional baseball. He played for the Brooklyn dodgers in 1946. He broke the color barrier when he became the first black professional athlete. He became MVP in 1949.
I thought you really summed up Jackie Robinson when you said, "Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the MLB on April 15, 1947. This ended six decades of segregation in baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers" Jackie Robinson had a huge influence with segregation in his life time. If you want to know more about how he help segregation you can take a look at my presentation. Your presentation lay out of colors were really nice.
Jackie Robinson: A Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson went through a lot in his life, wanting to play baseball, fighting for what he believed in, and mostly segregation. Jackie Robinson was a baseball legend and an American hero. He played baseball and fought for what he believed in. Jackie’s very first baseball game in the majors, over 50 years ago, April, 18 1946. He had a total of 4 runs in his opening game for the Dodgers.
For the fans, the juiced era was exhilarating, but for the game of baseball it was horrifically dark.This era tarnished the name of the great game that was one time formed around the honesty and character of it’s players. Steroid users harmed not only their own careers and chances of joining the brotherhood of the HOF, but the careers and chances of numerous other players who strived to obtain their own ticket to join the prestigious group. The juiced era was ten years of broken records and padded stats. Names like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa,and Mark McGwire, went from HOF bound to disgraces to the name of baseball. These players along with many more decided to try and cheat the game of baseball and take credit where credit was far from due.
.) Jackie Robinson has impacted many young baseball players today. He had to of had so much courage to be the first African American MLB player in history. To be able to just ignore every bad thing that was said to him, and keep playing aggressively. I think that from him doing that, it gave other African American players the guts to want to be in the MLB or any ordinary team in general.