Jackie Robinson: 1st African American MLB Baseball Player
Post by Ashli Prescott
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972)
1st African American MLB Baseball Player, Brooklyn Dodgers
Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in modern times. Robinson and The Brooklyn Dodgers single handedly ended racial segregation by welcoming him as member of their team, which lifted the restrictions on African American ball players being limited to playing in the Negro Leagues. Not only was Jackie special because of this, but he...was...good. His skills got him invited to play in 6 consecutive All-Star games (1949-1954), during which he received the Rookie of the Year Award (1947). His big dreams were realized when he was also able to participate in 6 World Series games, contributing to his team's big win in 1955. For this time period-or any time period for that matter-the feats he accomplished were nothing short of spectacular and set the standard for heroism in sports-in every way. A movie about him even came out recently called "42," which features the Jay Z song, "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" in the official trailer.
"There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free." - Jackie Robinson
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