Branch Rickey’s most important contribution to baseball was when he signed Jackie Robinson. Branch Rickey took it as his responsibility to get African Americans their right to play ball in the Major Leagues. The signing of Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and gave African Americans the right to play baseball in the Major Leagues. Wesley Branch Rickey, known as Branch Rickey was born in Stockdale, Ohio in 1881. He grew up in a strict religious family.
The reason many people had their eyes on him was, because he was the first African-American player to play in the Major Leagues. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Before Robinson broke the barrier of the first African-Americans to play in the league, they were restricted to the Negro League. Then in 1950 baseball started to expand its geographic range and started getting western teams to attempt to lure teams from the eastern coast to come west or they formed a so called expansion team. An expansion team is just players that are made available by established teams.
DiMaggio helped the team by hitting two homeruns, which lead the team to victory. DiMaggio was awarded for his achievements with the payment of two gold baseballs and two orders for baseball merchandise which were worth eight dollars apiece (“The Man”). DiMaggio’s next big step in his baseball career was going to play in the minor league. While DiMaggio was in the minor league he played for the San Francisco Seals. His biggest achievement during this season was that he hit safely in sixty-one games in a row which was a big accomplishment for DiMaggio (Kindred 26).
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 as an athlete in high school and college (Jackie Robinson).
They wanted the thrill of playing in the Majors. In 1947 Jackie was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He became their second baseman. In his first game he became known as the first black man to play with the whites. He had an excellent career with the Dodgers.
His tough southpaw pitching attracted Jack Dunn, manager of the minor league Baltimore Orioles. In 1914, the Orioles signed Ruth to his first professional baseball contract. He became the team’s youngest member, and was befittingly nicknamed “Babe.” Within five months, 19-year-old Ruth graduated to the major leagues, and signed with the Boston Red Sox. He remained with the team for six seasons, alternating positions as pitcher and outfielder. With his great pitching, powerful bat, and winning personality, he was quickly on his way to greatness, overshadowing players like Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner.
There once was a legend and he went by the name of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson. “Jackie was born on January 31, 1919. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball. Jackie Robinson.” (“Jackie Robinson.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 14 Aug. 2017, Accessed 22 Sept. 2017 www.biography.com/people/jackie-robinson-9460813) Baseball isn’t the only thing Jackie accomplished throughout his life, for instance he went to college, had kids and did much more. But for Jackie it was harder because he had racial slurs thrown at him.
Sosa was born on November 12, 1968 (“Sammy Sosa Biography”). From an early age you could tell that Sosa had the makings to be a great player. At the age of 15 the Philadelphia Phillies tried to sign him but couldn’t because of the league saying that the player must be over the age of 16 (“Sammy Sosa”). Since he couldn’t play for the Phillies he decided to play for local leagues before going to a Toronto Bluejays camp where he was noticed by a Texas Rangers scout who later signed him to a contract (“Sammy Sosa”). A few years later Sammy Sosa was traded to the Chicago Cubs from the Chicago White Sox (“Sammy Sosa”).
Matthias pushed Ruth to be a right-handed catcher since there was no left-handed catcher’s mitt. George Herman’s professional career started in 1914 when the Boston Red Sox picked him up as a left-handed pitcher. After 158 games, Ruth had a pitching record of 89-46 and had 3 World Series wins and no losses. When Ruth’s pitching career ended, he had a 2.28 earned run average and was just getting started with his all time hitting career. Babe Ruth set many hitting records in his 22 years of baseball.
In 1947 Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers desperately wanted Robinson to play for him and his team. He would become the first black MLB player since 1889 when baseball became discriminated. In his first year he was the Rookie of the Year. He debuted in the International League with the Montreal Royals. This the led to Branch’s interest in Robinson since he was considered one of the best players in the International League and considering it was his first time playing with white men.