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Dodging Racial Expectations

ID Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball – MAKE YOUR OWN MOVIE POSTER  

    1. What year and team did this began
    2. Reaction of team mates, other MLB teams, fans
    3. When did other black players make it into the major leagues

Jackie Robinson started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was an excellent baseball player and won multiple awards such as Rookie of the Year and was put into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. He was also given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984. Robinson sparked passion in African Americans across the states. Thousands of his African Americans fans would travel long distances fill the stadium to see him play.

However, not everyone was as pleased. In his career, Jackie Robinson received a lot of hate mail, name calling, aggressive opponents, and even death threats. Many of the other players in Major League Baseball thought the decision wouldn’t work out. Some even tried to say that Branch Rickey, president of the Dodgers, was forced into hiring Jackie.  Robinson had quiet reactions to this and ignore most of them until 1949 when he began to speak out against racial discrimination. Jackie Robinson truly changed history not only in baseball, but across America.

Jackie was the first to end the racial gap in Major League Baseball, but many followed shortly after. A few months after Robinson, Larry Doby played for the Cleveland Indians. Year by year African Americans became more common in baseball. It was an exponential growth once it was started up. Robinson was the push that was needed to put African Americans into the major league

Reflection: I didn’t know that Robinson won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984. I think all of this content has drastically sped up the process during the Civil Rights movement. It certainly was an inspiration to many and still is today.

Resources: 

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/jackie-robinson

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/awards.php?p=robinja02

https://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/4961

http://www.sports-management-degrees.com/10-first-african-american-players-in-major-league-baseball/

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