Civil Rights Movement
By: Morgan Sivak & Megan Little
In 1945, Jackie played season in the Negro Baseball League and traveled all around the midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs. Little did he know, there were many things to come from that. The Brooklyn Dodgers president, Branch Rickey, wanted Jackie to join the Dodgers. Since baseball had been segregated, there had been no African American players in years until Jackie came along and broke the barrier between blacks and whites.
By the end of Robinson's first season, he became National Rookie of the year, with 12 homeruns, a league leading 29 steals, and a .297 average. He was selected as the NL's Most Valuable Player of the Year in 1949. He was then put in the Hall of Fame in 1962 after playing in six World Series.
Jackie's life was one of the most important in American history and breaking the color barrier. He stood against those who would work against racial equality and showed how much of an influence on man's life can change in culture.
What struggles came along with breaking the baseball color line?
"Jackie Robinson." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Nov. 2014. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.