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Jackie Robinson Breaking the Color Barrier Its April 15 1947 opening day at Ebbets Field Brooklyn Many people have turned out to see one man the first black person to ever play in major league baseball He is setting new standards for all blacks now and those to come His name is Jack Roosevelt Robinson We all wish him well and hope he can surmount the racial differences At this time it was unheard of to have a black person treated equally to a white person more the less it was highly unlikely to have a black person play on the same field as a white person But for one man who stands alone Jackie Robinsons conquest to break through the color barrier with the help of Branch Rickey has set new standards for all black athletes to come Jackie Robinson grew up in Cairo Georgia Jackie attended UCLA where he played baseball basketball football and track After collage Jackie enrolled in world war two After the war Jackie got an honorable discharge After the end of the war Jackie didnt know what he wanted to do and he was very short on money Finally Jackie decided he wanted to join the Negro Leagues In 1944 Jackie officially was on a Negro baseball teamShortoRussell p 5-10 In 1945 Branch Rickey the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers was looking for a black player to break the serration barrier and rise above it all and join the Major League Baseball Association Rickey said that whoever the person was to be would have to cope with taunts and insult with name calling and abuse Rickey heard of the success of Jackie on the Negro League and sent his scouts to see Jackie Ritter S Lawrence p 43-51 After a long meeting with Rickey Jackie agreed to join the Brooklyn organization Rickey singed Robinson to a Minor League deal in 1945 Jackies biggest
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