He was the first person at UCLA to obtain a varsity letter in baseball, basketball, football, and track. He married Rachel Isum who he met at UCLA. He however had to leave school due to financial reasons and decided to enlist in the military, but was honorably discharged due to being court-martialed due to his actions against racial discrimination. Jackie played one season in 1945 with the Kansas City Monarchs leading to further achievements in his professional baseball career. In 1947 Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers desperately wanted Robinson to play for him and his team.
That amazing first year of playing baseball he had the opportunity to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He being the amazing ball player he is, hit 12 home runs and it led them to win the world series. He went to the world series 6 times, which is very impressive. Later on that year he was voted Rookie of the year and he stood out to many people and many people started looking up to him. In 1956 Jackie was traded to the New York Giants and they never let him play so Jackie decided to retire.
The first man to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 20th century, Jackie Robinson is one of the most celebrated baseball players in history. Jim, the moral center of Mark Twain’s The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn .Who doesn’t portray a baseball player, yet both Jackie Robinson and Jim both share the same heroic qualities. Both are courageous, noble, and strong-minded. Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919 and grew up in Pasadena, California, where he attended UCLA. While attending there he won letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track.
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).
Jackie was discharged from the Army in 1944, he began to play baseball again. On April 15,1947 Jackie's life was going to change for forever because he was going to play in his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson and his family received many threats because of this. Besides everything happening in Jackie's life he was playing great, he was leading the International League with a .349 batting average. Many players on other teams threatened not to play against the Dodgers and even his own teammates threatened to sit out.
Baseball came of age in the 1920s when Babe Ruth who passed away in 1948 came into the spotlight and led the power house New York Yankees to several World Series titles. Ruth became a national hero because, his strength of his home runs. After that almost every team had great players. One person a lot of people had their eyes on was someone by the name of Jackie Robinson. The reason many people had their eyes on him was, because he was the first African-American player to play in the Major Leagues.
Jackie Robison was the first African American to play in the major leagues. He was a big thing for baseball, that he revolutionized the game forever. Jackie was an impact in the 1960s and generations to come. Jackie Robinson had a big influence on all sports. He got rid of racial rules in sports, gave hope to African Americans, but had hard times in the League, and was a good role model to all.
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.
He was used to playing in the Negro League and the style of play; it was a hard transition for Jackie to get used to the white man league. Jackie was the main symbol of hope to millions of people. He was with the dodgers and had the number forty two. He won most of his games being on base and doing his Negro style of playing. Jackie won six pennants in 10 seasons of playing baseball.
In any case, his courageous battle for equal rights earned him a special place in history. In particular, the Hall of Fame was and is every baseball player’s most indulgent desire, but for Jackie it was deemed impossible; however, “Jackie Robinson made baseball history and that’s what the Hall of Fame is, baseball history”(Robinson and Duckett). Therefore, in 1962, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a result, the Dodgers retired his number, 42, to preserve his everlasting memory (The Jackie Robinson Foundation). Nevertheless, Jackie Robinson was a unique individual, a legend in baseball, and an inspiration for civil rights.