“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.
Jackie Robinson was a game changer for all sports. He broke barriers in baseball allowing African Americans to play baseball. Jackie was hated at first but he didn't say anything and let his playing do the talking.Jackie didn't only change baseball he helped his community and the Civil Rights movement. Jackie is the most honored baseball player today he has his own day called Jackie Robinson Day in April and every player wears his number. 1.How did Jackie Robinson change the way Americans viewed African Americans playing baseball?
Robinson was the first African-American baseball player to play in the MLB. While in the MLB Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1959 under many different managers including Branch Rickey. Rickey had been interested in Robinson because of not only his skill but his ability of not to fight back (Rubinstein 20-25). On August 28, 1945, Rickey had a meeting with Robinson and Rickey told Robinson that he would have to deal with the greatest harassment and vituperation any player had ever faced (Rubinstein 20-25). Robinson eventually made his Major League debut on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color barrier (Rubinstein
“Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller made into the Hall of Fame the first year (also)” ii. These two men made into the Hall of Fame the first year they played and even though Feller had more votes they both got in. d. This will strengthen my paper by showing the end of Robinsons career and what he had to go through to become a “Hall of Famer”. e. These examples prove that Jackie did have a great career and going into the Hall of Fame proved that he was an amazing
Also how Rickey wanted to bring in a African-American baseball player to the big leagues. Otherwise the book and movie are total opposites. As Noble Experiment shows less detail than 42, it is actually written in Jackie’s point of view, meaning he was the one that wrote the story on himself. Some interesting facts: Jackie managed to get the Dodgers to the World Championship and Jackie won the championship, was voted #1 rookie of the year, and voted to be in the Hall of Fame, pretty surprising right? Well, that is what happens when you try to improve something you got wrong.
He wasn’t only responsible for possibly the greatest baseball era this world has ever seen, he is responsible for paving a way for new African Americans to join the league. Barry Bonds, a former African American player, said he wouldn’t have had even the slightest bit of courage if it weren’t for Jackie Robinson’s amazing legacy. Jackie even showed his sense of courage to people off the field. Becoming a great roll model to kids around the world,”Little kids loved me so I gave them something to watch.” (Jackie Robinson Interviewed.) Through all of Jackie’s problems with not only other teams, even on his own team.
Hank Aaron, a great baseball player, but more importantly a great civil rights activist, that helped many african-americans get away from racial violence. Hank Aaron received many threats as he was playing baseball. In the early 1970’s the Atlanta braves from office kept a handful of 990,000 racist letters Aaron received. One of these such letters suggests that the
Throughout the first half of the 20th century baseball became America’s sport of choice. Despite the interruption of WWII baseball continued to be one of the most popular sports in the country. The late 1940s saw the end of the “Color Barrier.” The last African American to play in the major leagues played in 1880. Six days before the start of the 1947 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers called Jackie Robinson, a star from the all black “Negro” league, up to the major leagues. On April 15, 1947, Robinson made his major league debut at Ebbets Field.
Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies feature at least one black future Hall of Famer. The black integration in baseball finally paid off in the 1960s, as black like Flood, Lou Brock, and Bob Gibson became the core of the Cardinals. Between 1949-1962, African Americans won 11 of 12 NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, while no black wins the American League (AL) MVP until Yankees catcher Elston Howard in 1963. The integration of black help electrified the NL’s playing style. However, most AL team were lack of integration since the New Yankees ruled.
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” Babe Ruth was always into trouble as a young kid before he became a baseball player. Jackie Robinson learned that the color of people does not matter. Struggling with offense, Ozzie Smith hit a walk off homerun in the World Series to win the game. To accomplish incredible goals one must face fear. Babe Ruth was referred to as the greatest baseball player of all time.