By Sally M. Walker
The 1st African American to damage the colour barrier in sleek significant league baseball, Jackie Robinson used to be one of many maximum avid gamers of all time. compelled to place up with indignant, hateful fanatics and gamers while he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson's power of personality and perseverance allowed him to set the traditional for all destiny avid gamers.
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46 Afterword Jackie played for the Brooklyn Dodgers for 10 years, mostly at sec ond base. Many other courageous athletes joined the struggle to make baseball open to players of all races. They included Larry Doby, Roy Campanella, and Satchel Paige. Jackie’s many honors as a Dodger included being named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1949. When he retired from baseball, he worked in business and became active in the civil rights movement. In 1962, he became the f irst African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1962, he became the f irst African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jackie Robinson died in 1972 at the age of 53. It was not until 1975 that a black man, Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians, f inally became a major-league team manager. As in many areas of American life, people are still working toward equal treatment for all in sports. 47 Important Dates 1919—Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born near Cairo, Georgia, on January 31. 1920—Family moved to Pasadena, California 1937—Began attending Pasadena Junior College 1939—Began attending University of California-Los Angeles 1942—Joined United States army; served until 1944 1945—Joined and played for Kansas City Monarchs; met Branch Rickey; joined Montreal Royals 1946—Married Rachel Isum; played for Montreal Royals; birth of son, Jackie Junior, f irst of three children 1947—Began playing for Brooklyn Dodgers as f irst black major-league player since 1884 1949—Named National League’s Most Valuable Player 1957—Retired from baseball 1962—Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 1972—Dodgers retired his number, 42, meaning that no other Dodger could wear it.
He didn’t f ight back. He didn’t even show how terrible he felt inside. 38 On April 22, the Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies’ insults were the worst yet. Jackie thought he would explode. Then his teammate Eddie Stanky started yelling. 40 “Listen, you yellow-bellied cowards,” he shouted at the Phillies. ” Jackie realized that he wasn’t alone. He clenched his teeth and hung on. 41 Slowly, Jackie’s new teammates got to know him. Once he felt more at home, he caught f ire on the playing f ield.