Jackie Robinson Research Project

By: Shealyn Starks and Ashley Greene

What was Jackie Robinson's Legacy?

"The Hall of Fame is tremendously important to me, but if it meant I had to give up anything I did or said, the Hall of Fame would have to go its own way. I did what I thought was right and, to me, right is more important than honor." This quote was stated by Jackie Robinson himself. Jackie not only played for him and his family, he played for the world. Jackie was the first African American to play Major League Baseball and was rewarded by being inducted in the Hall of Fame. Jackie Robinson will forever more be the first African American Major League Baseball player.

What Were Jackie's Accomplishments and Successes?

It all started when a man named Branch Rickey wanted to integrate baseball and began to search for the right man for the job. This man was not only chosen for his athletic ability but for his demeanor and Jackie was thought to be the right fit. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1962. Jackie started as a second basemen with the Kansas City Monarchs in what was called the Negro League. When he walked on the field for the first time as a Brooklyn Dodger on April 15th, the fate of baseball changed. Now in present day, on the 15th of April, majors around the world wear Jackie Robinson's number in honor of the day he integrated the MLB. "It represented both the dream and the fear of equal opportunity, and it would change forever the complexion for the game and the attitudes of Americans." This quote was stated by a reporter that was writing about Jackie Robinson.

What Struggles Did He Overcome Through His Life Time?

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 and died October 24, 1972. He was the youngest of four brothers and one sister;however, it wasn't easy growing up even though he had back-up. Jackie's father left six months after his birth and had to grow up defending himself. When he was in high school he played other sports such as football, basketball, and track. People called him the Jim "Thorpe of His Race" for his athleticism. Eventually, Jackie attended UCLA. His weakest sport was baseball but was voted the most valuable player in Southern California junior college baseball. Unfortunately, he was forced to drop out due to financial problems at home.

Jackie overcame his struggles, but it took courage and the will to never "let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game." He faced many challenges from being the only African American on his team from fans and even his own teammates. He was also threatened to be killed along with his family. Jackie had to have the guts to not fight back no matter how angry he became. All of this paid off because Jackie was given the opportunity to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He ended the segregation of baseball and was admired by not only African American children, but by white children as well.

Why is Jackie Robinson and Important Part of African American History?

Jackie Robinson is an important part of African American history because he was the first African American to play on an all white Major League Baseball team. Being born in a segregated world, Jackie Robinson's demeanor and motivation led to the integration of the MLB. Robinson rose above all the hatred and abomination and soon after that he was named the National League's Rookie of the Year. This award may have caused many uprisings; however, this gave many other African Americans the will to follow their dream no matter what the color of their skin was.

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