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April 15th will bring the fifty-third anniversary of the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball Blacks have now been an integral part of the game of baseball for the last fifty-three years and are continuing to find their place within the game This term paper will discuss the history of blacks in major league baseball the role that they play now and how the game of baseball brings some form of liberation to the black people Blacks have come a long way in the game of baseball Athletics and in this case baseball have become a form of liberation for the black people whether they are playing the game or are simply fans of the players that play the game So when did blacks become a part of major league baseball and how far have they come since 1947Lets go back to April 15 1947 The Brooklyn Dodgers were playing in their season opener against the Boston Braves in Brooklyn Everything had the feel of a traditional opening day of baseball with excitement filling the air On this day however there was a little more excitement floating around than usual Playing first base for the Dodgers was Jackie Robinson Now that may not sound like a big deal to most but it was a huge deal not only for Jackie but for black people all over the United States Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play in the major leagues thus breaking the color barrier that had been part of the game for over a half century This created a new place in the game for blacks and allowed for many others to display their athletic talents and skills in a whole new league Previous to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier blacks were relegated to playing in the proud but less recognizable Negro Leagues There were many stars that played in the Negro Leagues such as Satchel Paige and Josh
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