Jackie Robinson: Orchestrator Of Organized Baseball

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It was a cool, calm January day in a little sleepy town called Cairo, Georgia, and a legend was born. Jackie Robinson was born the youngest of five children. But little did he and his family know, he would make worldwide history that would change their lives forever. Jackie was raised by a single mom after his father left them at a young age. When his mom, Mallie Robinson, moved the family across the country to California, life became a lot harder for them. Mallie worked as a domestic to help support her and her six growing children. Their neighbors tried very hard to get rid of the Robinsons.They were the only African Americans living in an all White township and many of the neighbors, if not all, did not like this. They even offered to buy…show more content…
This would upset many white authorities of the army. “It's ironic that Jackie Robinson’s difficulties with white authority in the military led directly to his rise to the top of Branch Rickey’s list of candidates to break baseball’s color barrier” (Swaine 3). This was the turning point in Jackie’s life and the beginning of his baseball career. From here Rickey, “the orchestrator of Organized baseball” as swaine called him, (swaine 3), and the part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers saw what he needed in Jackie. Rickey and his scouts took a while before finding Jackie. Rickey was looking for a black pioneer who possessed a great amount of talent in order to change the game of baseball. He found all of this in one when he found Jackie. Rickey wanted to break the color barrier that baseball had. Robinson wasn’t the best at baseball but Rickey saw a certain level of ambition and drive in Jackie that he knew would become a huge asset to his team. In 1945, Robinson joined the Kansas City Monarchs of the African american league. This team was one of the best teams in the Negro nation. After then Jackie was soon signed to the Dodgers, all in hopes to really break organized baseball’s color barrier. But the Dodgers faced unanimous disapproval from the Organized Baseball establishment. It wasn't easy for Jackie being one of the only African Americans on the team. He endured much ridicule.…show more content…
According to Biography.com “Jackie was named Rookie of the Year in 1947, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.” (biography 1) In 1947, Jackie made history when his stratum with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball. “Robinson also became a vocal champion for African-American athletes, civil rights, and other social and political causes. In July 1949, he testified on discrimination before the House Un-American Activities Committee.” (biography 2) Jackie proved to many that it does not matter the color of your skin but how well you play the game. It was Jackie’s love, hard work, and enthusiasm that allowed him to excel in Organized Baseball. He did not let the hate of others and hurtful comments obstruct his view of winning and being the best he can be. “Robinson made advancements in the cause of civil rights for black athletes. In 1955, he helped the Dodgers win the World Series.” (biography 2) With Robinson paving the way, he opened doors for all non-white baseball players to get a chace ti live out there dreams in the major
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