Jackie Robinson In Major League Baseball

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On April 15th 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers opened their season against the Boston Braves at Ebbets field. There was a festive air to the bleachers. Brooklynites were eager to return to their national pastime after a particularly cold winter. At first glance, this appeared to be a normal opening day. However, once you panned to the first base side of the diamond, you would see anything but typical. On that day, Jackie Robinson became the first black player to play in a Major League Baseball game since the start of the 20th century. On that day, for the first time, a baseball player with extraordinary talent was not overlooked because of the colour of his skin. On that day, the modern movement of racial integration began. However, Jackie …show more content…

At the time, Robinson had been playing in the racially segregated negro league that was like the current woman’s baseball league in the sense that it was less viewed and respected than Major League Baseball. It was however, clear that Jackie Robinson was capable and worthy of becoming one of the MLB’s superstars. In 1946, he joined the Montreal Royals, the farm affiliate for the Brooklyn Dodgers at the time. On opening day of the 1947 season, three years after being arrested for questioning racial segregation, he became the first black player to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson persevered through the threats and jeers that came from fans, opponents and even fellow teammates. In his first season, he won the National League Rookie of the Year award. He was named to the All-Star team six times and led his team to the World Series six times. After becoming the first baseball player ever to be featured on a postage stamp, Jackie Robinson became the beacon of hope for complete racial equality in the United

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