Jackie Robinson: Breaking The Color Barrier In Major League Baseball

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Jackie Robinson is remembered as the African american that broke the color barrier for the Major League Baseball. Many words can be used to describe him, such as hero, powerful, stupid, anything of that sort, not all good, but not all bad. Keeping a cool head was key to his success, dealing with many racist names that he was called as he stepped up to the plate. With pitchers aiming at his head, he still became a very accomplished athlete in as many fields imaginable. Jackie didn’t pay attention to what people thought or said about him, just knowing he was going to get on base the next pitch. Jackie Robinson was born on January 31st, 1919 in Cairo Georgia. Was the youngest of five children, so wasn’t noticed by his parents much. His brother, Mack, was a track star, earning a silver medal in the 1936 Olympics, the main reason that Jackie was drawn to sports at such an early age. In high school, Jackie lettered in four different sports, baseball, football,…show more content…
He wasn’t only responsible for possibly the greatest baseball era this world has ever seen, he is responsible for paving a way for new African Americans to join the league. Barry Bonds, a former African American player, said he wouldn’t have had even the slightest bit of courage if it weren’t for Jackie Robinson’s amazing legacy. Jackie even showed his sense of courage to people off the field. Becoming a great roll model to kids around the world,”Little kids loved me so I gave them something to watch.” (Jackie Robinson Interviewed.) Through all of Jackie’s problems with not only other teams, even on his own team. He always remembered how his mom would tell him, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” (Jackie robinson Interviewed.) Letting none of these remarks get to him, he gave the courage to many more African American ball players to face their fears and go for what they love
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