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The Man Who Changed It All

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The Man who Changed it All
“In October, of 1945, Branch Ricky, then president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, singed Robinson to play for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn farm club in the international league. Despite several incidents in spring training in the south and many inconveniences during the season, Robinson,- the first African American ballplayer in that league- excelled as a second baseman and won the league batting crown (Jackie Robinson).” Branch Ricky took a big gamble on Robinson and it paid off big. Jackie Robinson was an amazing athlete who overcame adversity to become the first black to play in the league.
Born Jack Roosevelt Robinson, Jackie grew up in California. He stood out ...view middle of the document...

Jackie knew that it’d be hard to get where he was and he never stopped until he did.
“Jackie knew that it’d be tough. Many people, even some of his own teammates, were angry to see a black man on the team. But Jackie ignored the attacks and played his best. He knew that it was the only way for him (and future black players) to be accepted (Damio, Christy).” Jackie knew just how hard it would be to achieve his goals. Segregation was big in the world during this time making it hard for him to find places to stay while they traveled. One day in Ohio people were being racist while Jackie was on the field. Pee Wee Reese, the Dodgers captain, came out and gave him words of comfort, and a small embrace. Pee Wee didn’t want people to hate Jackie because of his color. To this day a statue of Pee Wee and Jackie stand in Brooklyn (Damio, Christy). Jackie retired in 1957, but all his hard work made it so other blacks could play as well. Jackie broke the color barrier which, in a way, helped end segregation.
“Banned from organized Baseball, black Americans responded by developing their own teams and leagues outside the white structure (Rubinstein,...

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