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The great American pastime of baseball has had its share of amazing athletes that not only dazzled fans with their play but revolutionized the sport with their personality charisma and courage Babe Ruth with his charm as well as his bat gave baseball a personality Lou Gehrig the Iron Horse gave baseball a tough image and Joe DiMaggio with his 56 game hitting streak captivated the entire country In a similar way Jackie Robinson added diversity to the game of baseball by breaking the color barrier However in his case the story is much different When Babe Ruth was on route to hitting 60 home runs nearly all the baseball world supported him When Joe DiMaggio got hit after hit the country stood still with anticipation The case of Jackie Robinson is much different in that very few wanted diversity no one wanted a black man on the same playing field as white players Robinson then overcame his own record without for the most part the benefit of country approval fan support or even his own teams support With extreme courage a tough personality and a will to be a major league baseball player he changed the sport of baseball forever making him a significant figure in American sports historyJackie Robinsons professional career was shaped in every way by the society he lived in He not only had to worry about his ability to play he had to worry about the racism that followed him off the field He received death threats throughout his career not just to himself but his family as well During most road trips he was often not able to stay in the same hotels his team stayed in also finding a meal was sometimes difficult when there were only white restaurants around Many major league stadiums were filled with hostile fans opposed to his presence and although they were sometimes the minority Robinson would have to deal with disparaging remarks
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