Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. (Setting) Jackie was the youth of the family, and he was nurtured in poverty by a single mother. (Protagonist) He spent his high school years at John Muir High School and his college years at Pasadena Junior College.
The early 1900’s was the era of progressivism, during which socioeconomic equity was paramount concern. African American took part in the era with the objective to establish first class citizenship. In this brought upon polarized views on the most effective methods for invoking change. The first well known black leader Booker T. Washington reintroduced the idea of traditional gradualism... Washington came in conflict with Du Bois an opposing leader who viewed change as rapid and continuous.
The life of Lou Gehrig will always be remembered. He is one of the greatest 1920’s icons anyone is ever going to see. He was one of the first to get ALS which is also name after him as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. One of the most famous quotes he made before he died of this was on the 4th of July where he said, “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”.
The Roaring 20’s brought many great changes to America. New technology, economic boom, and cultural change strived. George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr., an American baseball player, was one of eight children born to a saloon keeper. He was taught at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, where his love and passion for the game, began. Little did anyone know, soon, America would be home to the legend of baseball.
The World Series is basically the championship of baseball. The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, which is more than any other team. The first woman owner of a major league team was Helene Britton, who owned the St. Louis Cardinals from 1911 to 1917
“Breaking Barriers” Jackie Robinson once said “During my life, I have had a few nightmares that has happened to me while I was awake…”. It is tough having a family member that you love dearly go through so much pain. My grandfather had a stroke about 4 years ago. Ever since then he has been slowly dying. I have got through this barrier in life with persistence just like Jackie Robinson did.
In the past, the face of baseball was scattered but pretty easy to find. We’ll start this in the ‘90s—because that’s when I was born, so yes I’m a millennial and like the bat-flip—but I’ll talk about that later. Let’s start in the ‘90s where baseball was quote, unquote reborn with Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire hitting a homerun every other time they stepped to the plate.
The quote, “ Everyday is a new opportunity. You can either build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That is the way life is, with a new game everyday, and that is the way baseball is.” - Bob Feller. That quote has irony on how to be successful, likewise that baseball has helped me become successful.
“The term American Dream was first used by the historian James Truslow Adams in 1931 to explain what had attracted millions of people of all nations to settle in America” (American Dream then and now 1). The idea of the “American Dream” has changed for all ethnic groups throughout time; but my primary focus is African Americans. In general, “The early settlers in America hoped for a better life than the one they had left behind in Europe. Their main reasons for leaving Europe were religious persecution, political oppression and poverty” (American Dream then and now 1). Today, “Critics see the American Dream as a clever political and economic strategy” (American Dream then and now 2).
My favorite sport is baseball, the American pastime. Unfortunately baseball is losing its fan base to other more action driven sports, however it has always been my favorite. The fact that you can trace baseball back so many years is cool to me. It's like I'm watching a bit of history when I go to a game. Nothing beats going to a baseball game and seeing all the raging fans cheer for their team.