who never gives up ~ by Aimee Wilson
Where it all began
In 1910 Branch Rickey took his team to a hotel. When they got there the hotel refused to let a black player have a room in the hotel. Branch Rickey thought this was harsh and didn’t let it happen. He offered to keep the black player in his hotel room with him and found a way to convince the manager.
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Find a way to make it happen
“Branch Rickey lost that fight, but when he became the boss of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943, he felt the time for equality in baseball to come. He knew achieving it would be difficult. There would be deep resentment, determined opposition, and perhaps even racial violence. He was convinced he was morally right…”
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Never give up
“One of the results of this thorough screening reports from California athletic circles that I had been a “racial agitator” at UCLA. Mr. Rickey had not accepted these criticisms on face value. He had demanded and received more information that if I had been right, people would have said “here`s a guy who`s a contender, a competitor”
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Branch Rickey wasn’t afraid to persevere about having a dark-skinned player on his team. He knew it would be difficult but he wasn’t going to give up. He showed Jackie all of the terrible things that could happen to him like racial comments and being physically attacked. After telling him this Branch Rickey made sure Jackie would know how to react without violence or getting kicked off the team.
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