Branch Rickey's Perseverance

By: Jessie K. pd:3

Perseverance Summary #1

Rickey remembered when Charley Thomas, a black baseball player, was asked to find another hotel to sleep in. Branch Rickey threatened to move the entire team to another hotel, if he didn’t accept Charley. He convinced the manager to let Charley sleep on a cot in Rickey’s room. (Robinson, pg:293)

Perseverance Summary #2

Because of all the segregation, Rickey started an experiment. In order for Rickey’s experiment to work, he needed a person who had courage, is okay with insults and pain, and rejection from fans, with little support. (Robinson, pg:294)
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A player playing baseball.

Perseverance Quote #1

“We can’t fight our way through this, Robinson. We’ve got no army. There’s nobody on our side. No owners, no umpires, very few newspapermen. And I’m afraid the many fans will be hostile. We’ll be in a tough position. We can win only if we convince the world that I’m doing this because you’re a ballplayer and a fine gentleman.” (Robinson, pg: 293)

Perseverance Quote #2

“… it’s the box score that really counts-that and that alone, isn’t it? But it isn’t. Maybe one of these days it will be all that counts. That is one of the reasons I’ve got you here, Robinson. If you’re a good enough man, we can make this a start in the right direction. But let me tell you, it’s going to take an awful lot of courage.” (Robinson, pg:294)


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Jackie Robinson playing baseball.

Works Cited

Robinson, Jackie. "The Noble Experiment." Comp. Alfred Duckett. The Language of Literature. Vol. 7. Evanston: McDogal Littell, 2002. 288-95. Print.