Jackie Robison was born in Cairo, Georgia, on January 31, 1919. He was the youngest of five children, and was raised in poverty. He attended John Muir High School, where he was an excellent athlete and played four sports: football, track, football, and baseball. He was named the region 's Most Valuable Player in baseball in 1938. Jackie continued his education at the University of California where he was the university’s first student to succeed in four sports. In 1941, despite his athletic achievements, Robinson was forced to leave UCLA just before graduation due to financial difficulty. He moved to Hawaii, where he played football for the Honolulu Bears. His season with the Bears was put on halt when the United States became involved into World War II.
In 1947, Manager Branch Rickey, of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signed Jack Roosevelt Robinson to play baseball on the Dodgers’ minor league team. From there, Jackie Robinson played his way to becoming the starting first-baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers and helped lead the team to a division title. Robinson was the first negro ball-player to play on a Major League Ball Club, while this was an enormous accomplishment for all negro ball-players, it took its toll on Jackie.
Babe Ruth was and is one of the most dominating players to ever step into a baseball stadium. At the end of his career he had a total of 56 major league records. The most amazing record out of the all is his 714 home runs. Before Ruth joined the Yankees, they had never won any titles. He left them with 7 pennants and 4 World Series to their name. In 1923, the Yankees built a new stadium which many called the stadium “The House that Ruth Built.” In 1936, the baseball Hall of Fame was created and inducted five members which included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson. During 1946, Babe Ruth found out he had a tumor in his neck. After that happened, his health began to deteriorate and was laid to rest on August 16, 1948. Two months before he died, he visited the Yankee stadium for the last time where they retired his number three jersey
On August 4, 1921 eight men were banned from Major League Baseball by newly appointed baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series. Eight men were accused of fixing the World Series for money. This scandal will forever be remembered in infamy and completely changed the image of professional baseball. Judge Landis became the first commissioner of baseball to fix the broken image of the sport and assure the public of no more scandals and fair play. The players went through trial and even though they were acquitted and were happy, it didn't last long because less than 24 hours later they were banned for life. The aftermath of the Black Sox Scandal and life after
As Jackie Robinson once said “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”. There is no doubt that Jackie Robinson has been one of most impactful baseball players to ever play the sport. For reasons such as pushing himself to reach his goals, facing many hardships, and being the first African American to play in the MLB, he has shown perseverance and been a role model to everyone.
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.
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.
Babe Ruth was born on February 6, 1895, and was an American baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball lasted around 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. He worked on his own personal work and world records. During Babe’s early life his parents worked long hours which resulted in him skipping school or causing trouble in his neighborhood. His parents realized that he was not in a strict environment, which resulted in him getting sent to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a school run by Catholic monks. Babe developed a love and passion for baseball at the school, one of the monks (Brother Matthias) helped him refine his baseball skills, working on being an excellent pitcher, catcher, and batter. Babe would mostly practice by himself to focus on individual skills and individual mental capabilities. As Babe grew and got extensively better at the game of baseball; he was offered a contract to play for the Baltimore Orioles. This offer was given to Babe by Jack Dunn (Owner of the Baltimore Orioles). In 1915 Babe was sold to play for the prestigious Boston Red Sox. Babe was mostly known for his unbelievable batting skills, but he pitched for the Boston Red Sox for four out of five games leading to his major-league win on July 11th, 1914. Babe’s last season with the Red Sox ended at the tail of the
The screaming cuss-words coming from the stands while the civil rights leader Jackie Robinson is on the baseball diamond was what they thought was the right thing to do at the moment. But, what the fans didn't realize was that they were criticizing one of the best baseball players to play the game.
Dean Smith, author of “The Black Sox Scandal”, highlights the biggest scandal in the baseball world. Smith introduces his article with Jim Crusinberry, a sports journalist, who arrived at the Sinton Hotel, Cincinnati for the World Series on September 30, 1919. Smith writes how Crusinberry noticed Abe Attell, former world featherweight boxing champion, screaming his throat out with a handful of money and offering to bet on Cincinnati Reds to beat the Chicago White Sox in the opening match. This behavior of Attell was twitching for Crusinberry, as to why he was betting against the greatest and finest team, Chicago White Sox, in the free-wheeling days of Americans gamblers.
Jackie Robinson not only made impacts on the field that were monumental, but he made impacts off the field that were equally as important. Jackie helped presidents get elected, get kids off the streets and into the most prestigious schools there is, and most importantly he broke the black color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson is one of the most influential people to ever live, he did things that people would dream about, he stood up for what he believed.
Mickey Mantle, also known as “The Mick”, was a very successful baseball player. Some of his greatest accomplishments include: four home run championship titles, a Triple Crown batting average award, and three Most-Valuable-Player (MVP) awards. However, Mickey Mantle’s humble beginnings and influential family lead him to a successful career in baseball .
First black baseball player, selfless, and courage are three attributes that describe Jackie Robinson. Many people know that Jackie Robinson was a baseball player, but he was so much more. As a well known baseball player, Jackie Robinson showed pro sports that it is all right to have a black person play. He broke the professional baseball color barrier. He is the reason our sports are open to all. He left a lasting legacy as a hero to all, someone who gave up his life to undiscriminate professional sports.
From baseball records to children’s hospitals Joe DiMaggio was one the greatest historical figures there ever was. Joe DiMaggio is a baseball phenome that has also helped not by just entertaining us, but also fighting as a soldier in World War One and building a children’s hospital. Joe was a tall and slender male who was born to baseball and he currently has multiple MLB records, awards, championships and is in the MLB Hall of Fame.
Barry Bonds was accused of using performance enhancing drugs in early 1998. Some may say that the drugs were what caused Bonds to be such an amazing athlete, but Barry was a great player before the drugs. He joined the Pittsburg pirates in 1986, 12 years before he was accused of using the performance enhancing drugs, and he was good then too. The drugs helped, but for more than half of his career, he was drug free, and he was a talented player. Babe Ruth, on the other hand, lived a life full of drinking, gambling, sex and smoking. As a ESPN writer wrote, "Babe Ruth was... a man with a... prodigious appetite for women, food and drink." He was unhealthy, and his wide girth and heavy weight meant that he couldn't run, even if he had wanted to. We can see that his health had major effects on his game: in Babe's and Bonds' 22 year long careers, Barry stole a total of 655 bases, while Babe stole only 240. Babe was not a fast runner, but rather a walker, out of necessity. Both players were unhealthy, so Barry's drug use doesn't disqualify him from earning the title of "the greatest” . Babe ruth, “The Great Bambino”, ate horribly, had sex all of the time, was so fat that he couldn’t run or steal bases, and, because of his health issues, he hit fewer homers. They both were pretty bad, which levels out the playing field. As they say, it's not over till the fat man