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The fans marveled at Robinson’s self control. Newsweek called him a big league ballplayer and a gentleman. When the Montreal Royals went to play the Jersey City Giants in Jacksonville, Florida, they found the ballpark locked. It was because of Robinson’s presence on the team. But, Robinson’s first year in the big leagues was a triumph. He was the top batter in the league. In the final game of the season, he won the championship for Montreal. Robinson made his way through the crowds of adoring fans after the game.
The Robinsons sent the boy to a psychologist. Then they sent him to a private boarding school. They hoped this would help him outgrow his problems. 47 Robinson Book C 9/17/07 H A P 12:08 PM T E Page 48 R 8 On July 23, 1962 in Cooperstown, New York, 43-year-old Jackie Robinson won baseball’s highest honor. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In his acceptance speech, he thanked his mother, his wife, and Branch Rickey for making this crowning achievement possible. Jackie Robinson became more active in civil rights work.
It hurt even more that these players were on a Northern team, though they were all Southerners. Branch Rickey told the protesting players that if they did not want to play with Robinson they could all quit. Robinson was on the team to stay. 34 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 35 Jackie Robinson signs a contract to become the first black player in Major League Baseball. Branch Rickey, General Manager of the Dodgers, sits by his side. 35 Robinson Book C 9/17/07 H A P 12:08 PM T E Page 36 R 6 Early in the season, the Brooklyn Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies in Ebbets Field.