Not only did Jackie’s actions encourage for the world to be a better place, he also helped light the way for others to join the Major Leagues. His accomplishments have encouraged over hundreds of black players to join this league,(Wright) and his actions affected players in his day also. Some of his teammates said that he was too impatient but others said he was brave man and a great ball player.(Wright) Jackie’s braveness will affect and has affected many people in his
As Rodriguez became more advanced in English he became more self-conscience about how poor his parents were at it. With him not being able to speak Spanish and his parents struggling to speak English their family lost their ability to communicate the way they did
Did you know of a great baseball player, that was also, a wonderful man that helped african-americans fight racial violence? During his years of playing baseball, Hank Aaron received many death threats on his way to break Babe Ruth’s homerun record. Also, the many people he impacted and helped them get away from racial violence. From helping these people Hank received many awards. Hank Aaron, a great baseball player, but more importantly a great civil rights activist, that helped many african-americans get away from racial violence.
Robinson has been one of the most influential people throughout history, Jackie has had a huge impact on today's world because of the numerous ideas and actions he has done.
A relief pitcher spent 19 seasons pitching, for the New York Yankees, while also striking out the best hitters in baseball with his signature pitch, “a cut fastball”, this pitcher is Mariano Rivera; the five time World Series champion is now an author. Rivera tells about how he made his way from Puerto Caimito, a poor fishing village in Panama, to the pitcher’s mound at the Yankee’s Stadium, in “The Closer”. He talks about his life back in Puerto Caimito, he says “my first 17 years we lived on the shore of the Gulf of Panama, in a dingy two-room house on a dirt road, just a long toss from the fish-meal plant.” He said “by the time I came around in 1969, the house had gotten several upgrades—electricity and water—but still no bathroom,” he says
Sports Magazine featured Robinson as the most significant athlete of that quarter century (Schutz 157). Many things can be learned from the awe-inspiring man that Jackie Robinson was. There is the obvious lesson to never give up and to follow your dreams, no matter what obstacles are placed in front of you . The deeper lesson, however, is to fight hard for what you believe in and never accept intolerance of any kind, be it race or religion. At first, Jackie was just another black man who was subject to racism; but, he fought that with every ounce of energy he had. Throughout the course of his life and baseball career, he overcame many obstacles, unthinkable to others, and went on to not only gain the respect of blacks and whites; he went on to become one of the greatest and most admired baseball players of all time. In an interview after a game, Branch Rickey was quoted saying “He’s the indispensable man that can carry a team by himself.” Jackie will be remembered for generations to come as a role model to
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.
Some people are great athletes; others are great humanitarians, but Roberto Clemente combined both characteristics in one, dynamic package. From his early years as a poor child in Puerto Rico to dizzying heights as a pro baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente’s life is one of inspiration and admiration.
October 23, 1945, Jackie Robinson shook hands with Branch Rickey, officially changing baseball and society, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson grew up in a poor household in Pasadena, California. He attended UCLA, making himself a four sport star athlete . Major league baseball had been segregated at the time, with the only black men playing in separate Negro Leagues. Branch Rickey, the owner of the Dodgers, wanted to break the color barrier. To do that, he had to find someone that could withstand racial discrimination and learn to not fight back when dealt with harsh criticism. Jackie Robinson took an amazing risk when he became the first African-American athlete to play in the major leagues. Robinson has been a huge inspiration to athletes, paving the way for blacks, not just in the game of baseball, as well as being an outspoken activist for the rights of American-Americans.
(Mendelson). For the next 18 years, Roberto Clemente wore the notorious Pirates’ black and yellow uniform. In his early seasons and even into the prime of his career, Clemente was many times overlooked and undervalued (Mendelson). This motivated him to play harder than ever and it showed on the field. Clemente was famous for his spectacular defense and his never before seen rocket of an arm. In 1960, a red hot Clemente and the Pirates faced off against the New York Yankees in the World Series (Baseball Reference). The Pirates ended up winning the World Series and he was a major factor to the team’s victory, but as the team’s only Latin player, Clemente was overshadowed by the likes of Mickey Mantle and Bill Mazeroski, and did not receive recognition for his play on the field. (Mendelson). The 1960s marked Clemente’s prime, in which he was awarded nine All-Star game appearances and nine Gold Glove awards and in 1965, he was recognized with Major League Baseball’s highest honor, Most Valuable Player (Baseball Reference). He later led the Pirates to another World Series title in 1971 and in 1972 reached the 3,000 hit milestone that at the time, only ten others had reached. At the culmination of his career, Clemente finished with a career batting average of .317 and ranked in the Pirates’ top ten in
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.
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.
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” (Jackie Robinson).