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The Legend Of Jackie Robinson's Major League Baseball

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“In 1946, there were sixteen Major League Baseball teams, with a total of 400 players on their rosters, every one of the players was white. But when opening day came in 1947, that number dropped to 399, and one man stood apart. (42 2:30)” Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut on April 15, 1947, as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Making Jackie Robinson the first African-American to play Major League Baseball (MLB). Jackie’s transition from the Negro Leagues to MLB was not an easy one. As a player, he transitioned very well, but it was Robinson’s teammates, Dodgers fans, the opposing teams and their fans that tested Jackie every chance they got, some hotels even prohibited the Dodgers to stay in their establishments…show more content…
On December 13, 1956, Jackie was traded from the Brooklyn Dodgers to their arch-nemesis and division rival New York Giants, for Dick Littlefield and $30,000. Instead of accepting the trade and reporting to his new team, Jackie Robinson retired from Major League Baseball. This move made by Jackie Robinson only helped solidify the Dodgers legend, that is Jackie Robinson. In 1962, Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, an honor that only the best baseball players are selected. The players nominated are not only the best of the best, but they are also recognized for the work in their local communities as well. Jackie Robinson was chosen, because of his monumental accomplishment of not just being the player to break the color barrier in professional sports but the phenomenal player he was as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1991, Jackie was also inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Before Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut in 1947, he played the previous season with the Dodgers minor league affiliate in Montreal, Canada. Robinson’s astonishing play in Montreal forced Branch Rickey to call Jackie up before the 1947