The Great Influence of Jackie Robinson – The Sports Museum

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    Most people, when they think of a very influential person in sports, a current famous person comes to mind. most people in new england would say tom brady. yes, he has outstanding achievements, but he would not be considered one of the most influential people in sports. but jackie robinson is one of the most influential athletes, having ended 60 years of racial segregation in major league baseball. but it was not easy for him to get to that point and achieve the amazing things that he did.

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    jackie robinson was born on january 31, 1919 in cairo georgia. he was the youngest of five children. But when he was only six months old, his father, Jerry Robinson, left the family. His family moved in 1920, when he was 14 months old, to Pasadena, California. they had a hard time there, they needed the help of a welfare agency to get a house and they had to deal with all their racist neighbors. their neighbors petitioned to remove them from the neighborhood, and some were even willing to buy their house. But Jackie Robinson’s talent began to show at a young age, and in high school he played baseball, basketball, football, and track. but when he was in college at ucla, baseball was probably his weakest sport. he had to drop out of college due to financial problems. He went to Hawaii to play football with the Honolulu Bears in 1941. In 1942, after returning home, he was drafted into the Army.

    After his discharge from the Army in 1945, he went to play for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League. During this time, Branch Ricky, he had been looking for players in the Negro leagues. Ricky was the president, general manager and part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and the orchestrator of the organized desegregation of baseball. he was scouring the Negro leagues, looking for those talented enough for the major leagues; And while Robinson may not have been the best, he seemed like a very good choice. In October 1945, he signed a contract with the Royal Montreal International League, the top minor league in the Dodgers organization. He was making significant progress in integrating baseball, but many MLB owners still refused to consider players of color for their teams. they still wouldn’t, even though the player pool had dwindled due to players being injured in the war. But in November 1944 baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis passed away. he was thought to be one of the people who prevented integration, and then ricky was able to integrate the dodgers.

    once on the team, racial segregation in mlb began to come to an end. Jackie Robinson went on to win many different achievements. he was the first African-American to win the batting title, to win the most valuable player award, and to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame. He was also the first official MLB Rookie of the Year and the first baseball player, black or white, to be on a United States postage stamp. jackie robinson changed the world for many black baseball players. thanks to him, baseball players of any ethnicity have an equal chance of reaching the major leagues.

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