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There are those who defy the laws of time by immortalizing themselves by asingle or numerous feats displaying selflessness and courage Commenting on suchindividuals Theodore Roosevelt saidThe credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whoseface is marred by sweat and blood who strives valiantly whoerrs and comes short again and again who knows the greatenthusiasms the great devotions and spends himself in a worthycause who at the best knows the triumph of high achievementand who at the worst if he fails at least he fails while daringgreatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timidsouls who know neither victory or defeatThese people are the sports superstars that destroy barriers built up by society Theyare the missionaries who sacrifice their hands to those who have lost hope or havenever experienced hope Never defeated never dismissed none more alive - all theseJackie Robinson was never defeated Up to 1947 Major League Baseball hadno blacks ever to fill the rugged uniform considered holy and lace up the cleats onwhich they walked into victory or defeat African Americans were relegated to the lessnotable and more athletic Negro League Those teams more often than not weremaintained by the tycoons who also owned Major League franchises but would rarelyshow their face at such an event as a Negro baseball game Then Jackie Robinsonarose Automatically Robinson shocked the baseball world with his ability hischaracter and his charm He was headlined A Black Babe much to the distaste offollowers of the legendary Babe Ruth After all no one could come close to embracingthe brilliance of the Babe especially a black When word of Robinsons talentbegan to spread the number of whites at Negro League games began to increase --inevitably Major League owners edgy from the loss of profits that came about withthe Second World War needed a fresh wind They needed a new start They neededThe Brooklyn Dodgers needed Jackie Robinson What his presence wouldbring
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