Jackie Robinson

Natalie B, Pd. 3

The Player that Persevered

Quote 1

"...abuse, name-calling, rejection by fans and sportswriters and by fellow players not only on opposing teams but his own. He had to be able to stand up in the face of merciless persecution and not retaliate. " (P. 290, Robinson)

"Beanballs would be thrown at me. I would be called the kind of names that would hurt and infuriate any man. I would be physically attacked.” (P. 290, Robinson)

Jackie would face this opposition and more when he played baseball, but he never quit.

Quote 2

“Suppose I was at shortstop. Another player comes down from first, stealing, flying in with spikes high, and cuts me on the leg. As I feel the blood running down my leg, the white player laughs in my face.” (P. 295, Robinson)

“Could I turn the other cheek? I didn’t know how I would do it. Yet I knew that I must.” (P. 295, Robinson)

Jackie Robinson was faced with a seemingly impossible task and instead of backing down, he accepted the challenge and persevered, even if he himself didn’t know how he would manage to stay strong.

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Jackie Robinson's number was 42 when he played for the Dodgers

Summary 1

When Jackie Robinson was eight, he was called a racially offensive name by a neighbor. Instead of fighting back and letting this verbal abuse run his life, Robinson worked through it and channeled his anger into fighting segregation as an adult through playing baseball.

(P. 294, Robinson)

Summary 2

When asked to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey asked Robinson not to react to all the negativity he would receive. Robinson had enough strength to endure the pain, while also persevering through not fighting back.

(P. 294, Robinson)

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Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers Owner Branch Rickey

Citation Information

Robinson, Jackie. “The Noble Experiment.” Comp. Alfred Duckett. The Language of Literature. Vol. 7. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 2002. 288-95