Jackie Robinson

How did Jackie Robinson change baseball?

Changing Major leage baseball

Babe Ruth changed the way baseball was played; Jackie Robinson changed the way Americans thought of the game. A once all white sport now had its first African American player. When Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, more than sixty years of racial segregation in major-league baseball came to an end. He paved the way for minorities to play in the major league.

Why was Jackie Robinson so important?

Jackie Robinson is best known for breaking a major color boundary and many more boundaries. He was a grandson of a slave and had to work really hard to get where he got. His road to success was not easy, but he showed with determination and perseverance anything was possible.

What all did he accomplish

Jackie Robinson accomplished a lot. He began getting recognized for his accomplishments while in junior college. In 1947 he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and won the Rookie of the Year award. In 1949 Jackie led the league with the highest batting average. In 1949 he won the National League Most Valuable Player award. In 1962 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

When did this happen?

On April 15, 1947, 28-year-old Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Dodgers in a game against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. Robinson played first base and went zero for three at the plate. That year he was recognized as Rookie of the Year. Two years later he was awarded Most Value Player for the National League. In 1962 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.