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.
Jackie Robinson said, “ A life is not important except the impact it has on other lives. He said that because he always wanted to make a difference in the world. Jackie Robinson is a African American baseball player that played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was also a very good athlete and was good at every sport that he played. He also was the very first African American person in the MLB, which took a lot of courage.
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 went on to win rookie of the year that season, 6 world series, and most importantly show African-Americans they can are just as good as Cauc... ... middle of paper ... ...nly overall, but in each of their own individual ways. Jackie Robinson changed the world of sports and helped make baseball the way it is today. Martin Luther King Jr. assisted in ending segregation forever and made impacts even when he wasn't alive. Fredrick Douglass was one of the main people who helped end slavery and get African-Americans some of the rights they deserve. Without these men and many other assistants in African-American history what would the country be like right now.
Without Jackie Robinson entering the game of baseball, there may have not been a Muhammed Ali, Arthur Ashe, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, or even Tiger Woods. Of course the possibility of another African American taking the throne and leading the fight for African rights through the game of baseball is justified but Jackie’s timing in the movement was impeccable. So impeccable, that it empowered others to stand up in a time of oppression. “All of us had to wait for Jackie,” said pitcher Joe Black. Joe Black says it well, Jackie Robinson is more than an African American baseball player, he was the beacon of light that sprouted the growth of blacks in the game of baseball, and sports nationwide.
Albert Pujols said, “Baseball was an outlet for him to be able to do that, and he had some special talent to go through what he did and still set an example for others. You cannot replace it.” Jackie Robinson changed the way baseball is looked at by Americans. Also, he broke a huge barrier in American History. Robinson helped get rid of segregation. He also, is down as one on of the most respected men in baseball history.
The book “The Natural” talks mostly about the heroic acts of Roy Hobbs, his strength of not giving up his wish. The book is basically about the characters flaws that lead him to his fate. Hobbs wish was to become one of the most popular baseball players ever existed in history. He wanted to break any record that was ever existed in any record books, he wanted to be remembered in history forever. Hobbs meets Harriet Bird in the train who did not like his notion of becoming popular and shoots him in his upper body with a gun.
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).
He can hit, hit with power at times, run, throw and there just isn’t a better fielder.” (Regalado 678). This assertion came after his astonishing career with the Pirates, wher... ... middle of paper ... ...jor leaguers of his generation and Latino history. While his statistics and on-field accomplishments earned him election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, equally awe-inspiring was his sense of professionalism and pride in his athleticism, his self-respecting view of his ethnicity, and his humanitarian efforts. Not only that, but it is also the motivation that he continues to instill into the younger generations that continues the great tradition of Latino baseball; and for that, Clemente is the perfect model of an athlete. Works Cited Maraniss, David.