“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 because Jackie was African-American and on their roster. The prejudicial individuals that opposed Jackie Robinson tried anything and everything they could to get Jackie to quit or get any variety of retort from Robinson; vulgar language, racial obscenities to rough and overly aggressive play all came into account in ill-fated attempts to try and entice a response. That way the conclusion can be determined that African Americans have no business participating in Major League Baseball. Robinson received incalculable terrorizations of death to himself and family, some even gained the attention of the FBI.
Jackie Robinson only played ten years, but the Brooklyn Dodgers made six trips to the World Series winning it once in those ten years. Facing the detested rival New York Yankees in each of the six World Series. Along with six trips to the World Series, Jackie Robinson was also a six-time All-Star and voted as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1949. In the face of incredible adversity wit...
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...r League Baseball eventually followed suit and retired Jackie Robinson’s number in 1997. The players that were already wearing the number at the time 42 was retired were allowed to remain wearing the number until the end of their playing careers. Marino Rivera, a closer for the New York Yankees was the last official player to wear the number 42. April 15, is designated as Jackie Robinson day throughout Major League Baseball, paying tribute to Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut. On that day, every player on every roster wears the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Along with this yearly recognition UCLA has also retired Jackie Robinson’s 42 from their sports programs, and re-naming their baseball field after the UCLA and Dodgers legend, this is why Jackie Robinson had a bigger impact on the civil rights movement, and the legend of Jackie Robinson will never die.
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