Jackie Robinson: A True Hero

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On January 31, 1919, the remarkable, valiant man that we know as Jackie Robinson was born. He was brave enough to battle through racism and hatred from many individuals to stand up for what he believed was right. Jackie Robinson changed baseball history for both blacks and whites by breaking the color barrier in major league baseball. Even with all the taunting and threats he received along the way of his success, he never quit. A definition of a hero would be someone you can look up to; someone you admire for their hard work and willpower. Jackie Robinson is many individuals definition of a hero. He fought for blacks and his position in major league baseball. He broke the color barrier at a time when segregation was a thing. Blacks wouldn’t have the availability tho be on the same team as whites, nor would they be allowed to play against each other. It was said by the head of the playground and recreation committee that “Any team…show more content…
He earned respect from the president of the Montreal Royals. He also earned respect from Clay Hooper, his Mississippi-born manager. Jackie was the given the chance to prove to Hooper that he could play in major league baseball. At first, Clay was forced to accept Jackie at the beginning of the year, but by the end of the season, he had described Jackie as a great ballplayer and a fine gentleman. He had also said “You’re the greatest competitor I ever saw”. (Denenburg 75). Jackie was voted one of the best players in the game. His two million votes was at the top of the 1949 All-Star team. He was named as the Most Valuable Player in the National League. In 1950, The Jackie Robinson Story had its movie premiere in New York. Jackie received many awards for his bravery and heroism, but the most important he received would be in the summer of 1962. Jackie Robinson was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. He had finally earned the respect that he had
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