ID Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball:

On April 15th 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the big leagues. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and led them to the world series. He won MVP in 1962. The reaction among st  the players and fans lean towards hate and wanted Jackie Robinson to leave the mlb, but the dodgers commissioner wanted to break the segregation barrier in baseball so he decided to grant Robinson a contract to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Soon after Jackie many others started to join the mlb. Examples are Willie Mays, Larry Doby, Hank Thompson.


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Reflection: I learned that Jackie Robinson broke the segregation barrier in the major leagues, and that after he retired from baseball he continued to fight for civil rights until he died at age 53. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. Finally, I learned about how hard it was to play in the major leagues when you were receiving hate letters and getting thrown at while hitting. It took great courage to do what he did.

Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.


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