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.
It all started in the 1940’s when young Jackie Robinson had began his career. Branch Rickey was the person who had started it all. Being the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers he had decided that it was time for a change in the game of baseball. That’s when he found Jackie Robinson. He was about to be the first black male to play professional baseball.
Jackie Robinson was someone who changed and impacted baseball history. On April 15th 1947, he became the first African American player in the major leagues, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He faced racial abuse and harassment throughout his career but put it aside and showed everyone how talented he really was. Robinson was named Rookie of the Year in 1947, a World Series champion in 1955, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. He became the vocal champion for African American athletes and civil rights.
Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919 in Cario, Georgia. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play on a Major League baseball team. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956. The owners of all the MLB (Major League Baseball) teams left out all the people with dark colored skin. African American could on play on the Negro League teams.
Over 60 years ago, America began the greatest shift in its society: the Civil Rights Movement. Before this movement began, Jim Crow laws were still in effect segregating blacks in certain schools, bathrooms, and even public buses (History.com). Over time, many in the black communities grew frustrated with the Jim Crow laws, because of their effectiveness in limiting an African American’s pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With the new emphasis on equality a new athlete was ready to make American history, and it would come on the baseball field. Jackie Robinson, Hall of Fame MLB player, become the first African-American to every play on a Major League Baseball team.
Throughout his baseball career, Jackie Robinson combated and disarmed antagonists of all kinds with an unflappable demeanor and preternatural inner resolve. My favorite example of his delicate balance between outward poise and inner tenaciousness lies in his encounters with Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who resorted to using malicious racial epithets and instructing his pitchers to purposely throw harmful balls at Jackie Robinson. In a game against Chapman’s team in 1947, Robinson responded by scoring the sole run in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory. For Robinson, vindication came in the form of tangible results. His resolve and success in the face of contempt, bigotry, and harassment serves as an eternal example for students like myself who seek to
He slowly walks at the back of the pack, through the tunnel with number 42 on his back. They walk out and the crowd roars, but not for him. Born January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson came to be one major civil rights activist in MLB Baseball. He was the youngest of five that lived with their mother, Mallie Robinson, in poverty.
Imagine you are sitting at a baseball game eating cracker jacks or at a football game yelling because your team scored or you could be yelling at the refs because they made a bad call. There are many people that love sports but there was also a lot of people that loved sports when they became popular in the 1920’s. Sports have came a long why since then. They have became more competitive, the skill levels have improved a lot, and they are also easier to watch and keep up with because of how far technology has came. Who doesn’t love to watch baseball in the summer?
In baseball today, the common solution to deal with steroid use is to hand out suspensions. As discussed before, in the Biogenesis scandal some of the big named baseball players were handed suspensions that could have been detrimental to their organizations. As the suspensions were handed out, some of the players had already faced the speculation of being connected to steroids. Alex Rodriguez in baseball today has been a common face with the discussion of steroids due to his big home runs and RBI stats. It has been proven that Alex Rodriguez has abused steroids yet he has continue used them.
Baseball has been around in America since the 1800’s. The game has changed over the years, just as the world and people change too. The MLB brings in billions of revenue to the economy every year. Baseball fans will sit at the game for 3 plus hours to watch the games. Most people find baseball not interesting because it is too long.
In 1889, Bud Galvin became the first man to use steroids in american sports when he tried to inject hormones from animals into himself. “Charles Brown-Sequard's "Elixir of Life," which became the earliest known performance enhancing drug in American professional sports when Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys used it in 1889” (VICE). Since then steroids have been a staple in american sports, especially the game of baseball. When people think of the best player in baseball many people will say without even thinking about, Babe Ruth, the great yankee slugger who hit close to 720 homeruns in what people will call the dead ball era. Babe Ruth, however may have been using some sort of performance enhancing drug when he was still playing with