He had an excellent career with the Dodgers. Other Black men and Team Managers saw him have this success so they agreed on contracts. Soon swarms of African Americans were playing baseball. Many years later other races started playing baseball. Now Major League baseball accepts any race or ethnicity.
How Baseball was changed by Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson changed baseball in America in the 1940s by breaking the segregation barrier that was bestowed on baseball. Robinson played in the Negro League for the Kansas City Monarchs. In 1945 Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers negotiated a contract with Robinson that would bring Robinson into the major leagues in 1947. Baseball was segregated because of racial intolerance, economic factors, and other complex reasons. The major leagues would rent out their stadiums to the Negro League teams when their own team would be on the road.
HISTORY OF THE NEGRO LEAGUES In a more focused sense, the Negro Leagues were an alternative league all in its own. It was primarily established for African Americans so they could play baseball, since they were prohibited from experiencing any type or activity with whites. The reason this league was separate was because of the Jim Crow laws that had been enacted during the early 1900's, but in an opinionated note, I feel that whites simply didn't want to be outdone by their counterparts - African Americans. They basically stated that African Americans could not participate in any activity with whites, whether it is of public or unsocial nature. These laws displayed the mentality of the time, which inevitably filtered into the realm of baseball; at this point, segregation had gone so far as to prohibit any blacks from merely playing baseball with whites.
Jackie Robinson was not only the first African American to play in the MLB but, directly contributed to the civil rights movement around the world. Jackie Robinson made his debut April 15, 1947, for the Brooklyn Dodgers, officially breaking the color barrier. Jackie was not the best African American baseball player but Branch Rickey, the owner of the Dodgers once said, "I'm not looking for someone who is strong enough to fight back, I'm looking for someone who is strong enough not to fight back" (Branch Rickey). Jackie never fought back and his actions soon became the way many African Americans would fight the civil rights movement. Outside of baseball Jackie got involved in the civil rights movement through organizations.
Breaking the Racial Barrier in Baseball Although Jackie Robinson was not the best African-American baseball player of his time, his attitude and ability to handle racist harassment led the way for the rest of his race to play Major League Baseball, amongst other sports. Being accepted into professional sports also helped African-Americans become more easily accepted into other aspects of life. Jackie's impact in the world for the black population is enormous. According to Jessie Jackson, "A champion wins a World Series or an Olympic event and is hoisted on the shoulders of the fans. A hero carries the people on his shoulders" (Robinson 3).
It started when major league owners had made a “gentleman’s agreement” to keep blacks from playing in the game. The barrier that went up was finally broken with a few black players being signed into white teams in the 1940s. It was once said by Martin Luther King Jr., “[Segregation] gives the segregator a false sense of superiority, it gives the segregated a false sense of inferiority.” While that is true of the times and conditions, I tend to believe that the negro baseball players had a different type of pride that kept them strong and helped blacks eventually gain equality. This still affects us as a society because we will always continue to look for equal opportunity. African-American baseball players had been a part of professional baseball when it was first starting in the 1880s.
The introduction of blacks into baseball has led to a social change throughout America. Professional baseball in America started its segregation in 1868. The separations began when the National Association of Baseball Players decided to ban any team including one or more black players (Robinson 70). The baseball color line began with post-Civil War beliefs about race and civil rights, which were the same from the pre-Civil War beliefs. The baseball color line took several years to be in full effect, but in the mid-1880’s some players started to refuse to take the field alongside African Americans (Goldman 1).
Black athletes and the black community created their own sports world because of the hardships they were put through due to racism (Rogosin 3). During this time in America, even the gre... ... middle of paper ... ... the world to live their dream and play in America. One of the most successful things in baseball history is when the game of baseball was changed and allowed players of all race to compete together. The integration of baseball brought or country a little closer because it gave everyone a place to come together and focus on our similarities. Many players and family’s benefited greatly from the integration of baseball.
Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player to play on the professional level, he was fearless, courageous, willful and strong. He was an advocate for civil rights, as well as a great baseball player. He had to try to keep quiet, and keep to himself while playing, but became a stronger and more extreme advocate over time. A leader on and off the fields dealing with much more than just baseball, he also had to deal with the criticism and racial tensions of a prominently white game. Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was a showman who knew how to make money and fame in baseball “he had made a fortune for the cardinals as well as himself, and black talent could argument his bottom line by transforming his struggling dodgers into a power house” (Zeiler, 17).
He will rank among the all - time greats, like Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, etc. “Ruth changed the way baseball was played; Jackie Robinson changed the way Americans thought” (Swaine 1). Referring to the quote by Mr. Robert Swaine, Jackie not only changed the game, but he did in fact change the way Americans thought. Nobody ever thought, back in those days, they would ever see an African - American play with white people. The more and more Jackie displayed control and didn’t react to all the racism he was facing, that’s when people started taking him seriously and starting to think that despite his skin color, or race, that he is a good ball player and we should give him a chance.