Many players on other teams threatened not to play against the Dodgers and even his own teammates threatened to sit out. In Jackies first year he hit 12 home runs and helped the Dodgers win the Na... ... middle of paper ... ... He didn't let anything stop him from what his dreams were. Jackie Robinson became a civil rights leader by going out and talking because he was the first person to break the colored barrier. He went out there and talked for all the other people just like him that want to play sports and be treated how the whites were and not to be treated different.
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).
But for Jackie it was harder because he had racial slurs thrown at him. Despite all of the discrimination and racism about Jackie Robinson and his family, he got passed it and became a star. Jackie was an outsider, he was the first African American to play Major league baseball, he used the haters to become an amazing ball player and a hero to other African Americans. Before his outstanding baseball career Jackie did many motivational things. For example, Jackie attended the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.
The other blacks in America were still having a rough time with life. So just because Jackie was not having any problems, he still jumped in and helped his race! As most people know, Jackie Robinson is probably the most popular baseball player in the history of the world. Even up to this day, that is who I think of with I hear Dodgers things like that! Sadly, Jackie had a heart attack at age 53 and died in Stanford, Connecticut on October 24, 1972.
Now a day, we are all so used to a majority of professional athletes being African American. In the early 1940’s it was the total opposite as it was frowned upon by most people to have a black person on any team. Segregation was at an all time him during this time. With Robinson finally breaking the barrier, it ultimately helped put an end to segregation as a whole. I have many friends that I have made through sports that are African American, Hispanic, or other kinds of races.
In his letter to the President he said, “I hope in the near future America is determined to provide the freedoms we are entitled to under the constitution” (U.S. National). He dealt with racial issues, grew up only playing with blacks, and changed the face of baseball. If it wasn’t for Jackie or Branch Rickey the MLB wouldn’t have African-Americans playing in the major leagues. He accomplished so much in his baseball career and in his retirement after baseball. This all-star player was born on January 31 in 1919.
After Jackie started playing colored people from negro leagues started moving up and playing in the majors. Larry Doby, Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin, and Hank Thompson all started playing for the MLB inbetween 2 years of Jackie playing. Schwartz mentioned “Robinson was respected by all for his self-control and unselfish team play.” This is very important because people started to view Robinson as a teammate or an equal to other people on the field. If Robinson fought back and could not have self-control people would never think of him as an equal and baseball would still be segregated. He was a star athlete he even received a signature move to steal home.
To the average person, in the average American community, Jackie Robinson was just what the sports pages said he was, no more, no less. He was the first Negro to play baseball in the major leagues. Everybody knew that, but to see the real Jackie Robinson, you must de-emphasize him as a ball player and emphasize him as a civil rights leader. That part drops out, that which people forget. From his early army days, until well after his baseball days, Robinson had fought to achieve equality among whites and blacks.
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.