The first African-American to play baseball was Jackie Robinson. Robinson was drafted by the Dodgers in 1947. When he was drafted, he was sent down to the minor leagues to play baseball and develop his skills as a player. Jackie Robinson, an African American, definitely improved the game of baseball (Nemec 227).
At the time most Americans did not think that African-Americans could play baseball but that all changed when Jackie Robinson was picked up by the Dodgers. He was much faster and stronger than the other baseball players. But what set him apart from the other players was his ability to hit for power. Robinson hit twelve homeruns in his first year as a professional baseball player. At first he player at second base but then he was moved up to first base for his good glove. Robinson’s only made five thousand dollars in his first year as a professional baseball player. As a child Robinson grows up in a nice family how loved him he had to brothers he learned baseball from his brothers and other sports. He ended up going to college and played football. Robinson came from an athletic family his brother went to the Olympics and so did Robinson wining silver. And a new dash record was set by Owens with a 20.7 second dash set by an African American the Olympics. ( Jackie robinson).
Robinson ended up going to college and played football, baseball, track, basketball. He ended up leaving college because of financial problems. He applied for a job as a gym teacher but he did not get the job. He lost the job to a white person how did not have a college education because Robinson was black. He ended up joining the army for two years and then left and played baseball in the Negro leagues. The pay was not good. After a couple of years playing he got offered a job to play for a professional baseball team. The dodgers drafted him for his speed and hitting power and good glove. When he got drafted not a lot of white people liked the idea of a African American playing professional baseball. So the dodgers sent him down to triple AAA to play baseball. Robinson played at second base. And hit third in the batting order. He hit .349 in the minors and had 113 RBIs. He was sent up to the majors and did a good job. (Nemic 227)
At the end of Robinson's rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had become National League Rookie of the Year with 12 homers, a league-leading 29 steals, and a .297 average. In 1949, he was selected as the NL's Most Valuable player of the Year and also won the batting title with a .342 average that same year. Jackie joins Roy Campanella, don Newcombe as...