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Jackie Robinson: The Man who Started the Fire Jared Cassell Orrin Gibson AP US History June 14, 2016
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1 Jackie Robinson hit homeruns on the baseball field, and he hit a major homerun for the end of segregation. The great heights that Robinson would eventually reach were only reached because of the deep depths of struggles which he endured throughout his life. Through Robinson’s many accomplishments, he changed the game of baseball and the mindsets of many Americans. Robinson was a trailblazer, in that he paved the way for many to follow in his footsteps, which strived for the better of humanity as a whole. Ultimately, because of Jackie Robinson’s impact on baseball and society, he started the Civil Rights movement. Jackie Robinson’s Spirit and attitude, which led him to greatness, was formed through pain and suffering, which can be somewhat understood through knowing his life. The man who had to bite his tongue and turn the other cheek while being heckled by racists in the stands, was not the same Jack Roosevelt Robinson who was born in Georgia in 1919. The young Robinson would fight for what was right, no matter what the cost. When the white neighbors would throw rocks at Jackie, he and his brother would throw them right back. 1 This is the mindset that he took with him for most of his life, to “do to others what they did to him.” Once Robinson was older, he went to UCLA 2 , where he faced even more segregation. After UCLA, Robinson went on to go play baseball in the Negro Baseball League. The early part of Robinson’s life shows that the actions which were done to him and the actions he did to others made him tough, but also very defensive. 1 Burns, Ken., “Baseball the Sixth Inning”, 1:16:12 2 Wallace, Hamilton., Appel Baseball:100 Classic Moments in the History of the Game, 110
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2 When Jackie Robinson was called up to the MLB, not only did his whole world change, but also his whole attitude towards life and the people living it. Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, found Robinson, and had offered him a job with the Kansas City Monarchs, which was a Negro League team. 3 After a little while with the Monarchs, Rickey found that it was time to bring up Robinson to play first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In these meetings with Rickey, Robinson was told not to fight back when a player throws a slur at him, or a fan heckles him. Robinson was confused why Rickey wanted somebody too scared to fight back, but Rickey said, “I want a player with the guts to not fight back.” 4 From this point on, whenever a fan would throw any racial slurs at Robinson, he would just turn the other cheek and not say anything about it. Ben Chapman, who was the manager of the Phillies at that time, hated Jackie Robinson. During Robinson’s at bat, he would yell profanities at Robinson or he would talk about how Robinson was sleeping with the players’ wives, which was untrue; because of what Chapman had said he was forced to take a photo shoot of him and Robinson making up, which Chapman did not enjoy. 5
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  • US History, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Jack Roosevelt Robinson

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