By Sally M. Walker

The 1st African American to wreck the colour barrier in glossy significant league baseball, Jackie Robinson was once one of many maximum avid gamers of all time. compelled to place up with offended, hateful enthusiasts and avid gamers whilst he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson's power of personality and perseverance allowed him to set the traditional for all destiny gamers.

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He could hardly believe it. He was a real Brooklyn Dodger— number 42, playing f irst base. The Dodgers were up against the New York Yankees in a pre-season game. Jackie pounded his f ist into his glove and leaned forward. He would be ready if the ball came his way. 34 Jackie didn’t get any hits in that game, but he drove in three runs. Winning the game was easy enough. Winning the support of some of his new teammates was not. A few made rude comments. Others kept open minds. 36 Eddie Stanky and Pee Wee Reese were helpful.

44 Jackie could tell that it wasn’t because he was black. Yelling at the umpire is against the rules. The umpire had simply treated Jackie like any other ball player. After all Jackie had been through, that felt just f ine. Even better, it felt fair. Jackie knew that his hard times in baseball were not over. American sports still had a long way to go to become truly fair to all players. But thanks to Jackie and those who helped him, the days when race was more important than skills were gone for good.

37 The season opened on April 15. Jackie received letters full of hatred. Some people threatened to kill him or hurt his family if he kept playing. Jackie heard plenty of insults on the playing f ield, too. He tried to remember Mallie’s lesson back on Pepper Street. People needed time to get used to change. Jackie kept his promise to Branch Rickey. He didn’t f ight back. He didn’t even show how terrible he felt inside. 38 On April 22, the Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies’ insults were the worst yet.

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