Robinson passed and he knew he could not retaliate. Rickey chose him for his courage to be the first and only black man in the all white Major Leagues. Rickey and Robinson started a revolution of sorts; they fought back against racism, even if it was just in baseball. They broke the race barrier with no other political agenda besides ending race discrimination in baseball. It was a great move to start with someone who was not a big name yet.
Jackie Robinson Changes the Game Jackie Robinson once said that “"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." (Brainy Quotes). Jackie Robinson faced more abuse than any other baseball player. Jackie Robinson had his mind set on breaking the color barrier for African Americans. Jackie Robinson had the muscle strength and talent to inspire and change the color barrier in Major League baseball.
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.
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 had a very good heart and tried to hold in his emotions towards the white fans in the stands. That’s why on October 23, 1945 Jackie Robinson signed to major league contract and became the first black man to play Major League Baseball (MLB). Ricky Branch the Dodgers manager signed Jackie because of his heart and good attitude. Many say that there were many player in the negro league with a better skills but Jackie had the best heart and was one of the only ones who could face the mean fans and not fight back just take and play better on the field. Jackie Robinson was an influential person of the 20th century because his influence on civil rights, his influence on the MLB and breaking the color barrier, and his philanthropic endeavors.
Sports In the 1700’s & 1800’s Baseball was different in the 1700’s and 1800’s from today things change jersey, rules and African Americans playing with whites. Things changed a lot, there was a big difference with the blacks and white playing together. A lot of whites didn’t like blacks playing with them. White people they didn’t feel that everyone had equal rights so they did not respect them. They call black people names and bad words but one player changed it named Jackie Robinson after he played with all the disrespect he gotten he didn’t care how whites saw blacks.
Robinson writes that while many people questioned and criticized Rickey’s intentions with the U.S.L., and accused Rickey of actually using the league to keep the Dodgers further away from integration, nobody knew his true intentions. According to Robinson, the true intentions of Rickey behind the U.S.L. were to begin actively searching for African American ballplayers to recruit for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Negro baseball leagues have a deep historical significance. Racism and “Jim Crow” laws encouraged segregation of African-Americans and whites. Arguably, the players on the negro baseball leagues were some of the best ever. Even today they are still being recognized and honored for their wonderful contribution to baseball as a whole. It started when major league owners had made a “gentleman’s agreement” to keep blacks from playing in the game.
Jackie gave African Americans a sense of pride when he broke the color barrier in the MLB. By breaking the color barrier the civil rights movement became closer to achieving equal rights. Jackie’s on the field accomplishments are extraordinary, but his off the field involvement is what makes Jackie a special man. He was the man who innovated the civil rights movement with his non- violent actions which had an effect on later civil rights activists. Jackie led by example and because of his success many African Americans followed him.
From his early army days, until well after his baseball days, Robinson had fought to achieve equality among whites and blacks. "Jackie acted out the philosophy of nonviolence of Martin Luther King Jr., before the future civil rights leader had thought of applying it to the problem of segregation in America"(Weidhorn 93). Robinson was an avid member of the NAACP and helped recruit members because of his fame from baseball. Jackie had leadership qualities and the courage to fight for his beliefs. Unwilling to accept the racism he had run into all his life, he had a strong need to be accepted at his true worth as a first-class citizen.