Jackie Robinson: The Most Influential Sports Athlete

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“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” (Jackie Robinson). Being born to sharecropper parents living in Georgia, Jackie Robinson faced racism and hatred early on. He overcame these adversities and became one of baseball 's most historic players for not only his lightning speed on the field, but his courage to break major league baseball 's color barrier. Jackie Robinson was the most influential sports athlete because he changed American society forever. Jackie Robinson opened doors for other minority athletes. Robinson became the first African American to play in the major leagues. “The major leagues and their affiliated minor leagues for more than a half century, from 1889 until Robinson broke the color line, …show more content…

Jackie Robinson inspired many others to uplift them self above societal standards. Prior to Robinson’s success, no African American athlete had received similar praise from white America. “Jackie Robinson changed the way of how many white Americans thought about minorities because he was the first acknowledged black player to perform in the Major Leagues.” (Swaine 1) Jackie Robinson changed the way of how many white Americans viewed African Americans because he was the first acknowledged African American baseball player to succeed in the major leagues. Robinson showed the white Americans that they were not superior to his race and that they couldn 't keep him or people alike oppressed. Jackie Robinson challenged white America’s societal perception of African American at the time. “Robinson won Rookie of the Year in 1947. In later seasons, more African-Americans joined other teams in the Major Leagues, as Robinson continued to excel. His success gained him fans from all over the country.” (Mcbirney 14). Jackie Robinson was a role model to people of all races and inspired other minorities to become professional sports athletes. He became a symbol of advanced civil rights progress for minority athletes and fans

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