Jackie Robinson Pros And Cons

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Jackie Robinson was not only one of the greatest second basemen to play baseball, but was also an idol to many. He had been the first African American to play in the Major Leagues, which eventually lead to allow many other blacks to play in pros too. Robinson was born on January 31, 1919. In the article, ‘Biography - The Official Licensing Website of Jackie Robinson, it says “Growing up in a large, single-parent family, Jackie excelled early at all sports and learned to make his own way in life. At UCLA, Jackie became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. In 1941, he was named to the All-American football team.” This shows me that he was very successful as a young man and was born …show more content…

army. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and then advanced to become second lieutenant. He had left the army with an honorable discharge. In 1945, Jackie Robinson had played only one season in the African American Baseball League before he was noticed by the Major Leagues. While in the African American Baseball League, he was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. In 1947, he had took the field for his first time ever, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he took the field, the crowd would yell racist things at Robinson and sometimes even throw things. He would try his best to ignore the taunts and threats, but sometimes the pitcher would even say racist things to him before throwing the ball. Robinson died on October 24, 1972 due to heart problems. He was a role model to many different people. Mostly young African American boys that had the dream to do what they wanted. He showed many that you really can do anything if you put in enough effort and dedication. Some of Jackie Robinson’s stats and speed were unbelievable. He finished his career with a .311 batting average and many stolen bases. He had even stolen home 19 times throughout his career. He is known as one of the best base runners and second basemen to ever play in the Major League. Also, he broke the color barrier, meaning that his actions allowed African Americans to play professional

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