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Andrew Quinn History of Baseball Seminar Dr. Bohmer November 14, 2013 Robinson Was the Right Choice When Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, decided to sign Jackie Robinson into MLB service, he ushered in a new era of baseball. This era has become the standard for the game, allowing players of different races and cultures to play side by side, and truly allows baseball to be known as America’s pastime. Some might debate that Jackie Robinson was just a figure, and that many other players could have been as successful as Jackie was in promoting that negro players could play with whites. I argue that he was the perfect player to break the color barrier. Jackie Robinson was the best candidate to break the color barrier because he had experience with integration, and because his talent was at the same level as the best players in the league. Jackie attended UCLA and played four sports in college: football, basketball, track, and of course, baseball. At the time when he was in college, sports had already begun 1 integration at that level, and because of that Jackie was able to excel alongside whites and negroes alike. In fact, in 1941 he was named to the All­American football team, which was
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