Jackie Robinson

 Event 14: Jackie Robinson

Jackie was born in Georgia and joined the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945 after an honorable discharge. He caught the attention of the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, who wanted to end segragated baseball. Rickey signed Robinson to a Dodgers farm team that same year and two years later moved him up, making Robinson the first African-American player to play on a major league team. He played his first game on April 15, 1947, and earned Rookie of the Year Honors. Over the next nine years, Robinson compiled a .311 batting average and led the Dodgers to six league championships and one World Series victory. Some were hostile to Robinson threatening to strike him if he played,  but commisioner Ford Frick settled it by threatening to suspend anyone who went on strike. His groundbreaking achievement transcended sports, however: As soon as he signed the contract with Rickey, Robinson became one of the most visible African Americans in the country, and a figure that blacks could look to as a source of pride, inspiration and hope. In 1949, he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee to discuss the appeal of Communism to black Americans, surprising them with a ferocious condemnation of the racial discrimination embodied by the Jim Crow segregation laws of the South.

Dear Diary, I went to see a Dodgers game yesterday and saw Jackie Robinson. Hes the first black Major League baseball player. He was born in Georgia in 1919 and started playing in 1947. He also lead the Dodgers to a World Series victory. He hit an amazing homerun and a tip. The ball went into the stands and I caught it! I keep it in my room and look at it and think back to the game.
























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