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A biography of the Negro whose distinguished baseball career inspired blacks everywhere and whose "cool" on ...
A biography of the Negro whose distinguished baseball career inspired blacks everywhere and whose "cool" on the playing field helped open the door to other black athletes.
|Chapter 1||Hero on the Field||1|
|Chapter 2||California, Here I Come!||4|
|Chapter 3||Jackie Learns to Fight||10|
|Chapter 4||Baseball Makes Jackie a Star||14|
|Chapter 5||Strong Inside and Out||22|
|Chapter 6||Welcome to the Big Leagues||28|
|Chapter 7||Opening Doors for Others||34|
|Interview: Talking About Jackie||42|
|Time Line: Jackie Robinson's Key Dates||44|
Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in his new Brooklyn Dodgers baseball uniform. He was nervous. The crowd roared. Cameras flashed. Reporters scribbled on their notepads. It was 1947. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African American to play baseball for a modern major-league team.
He was big news because he was breaking rules. Back in the 1940s, laws in many states told black people where they could live, work, or even eat. The sports world was also segregated. Baseball players who happened to be African American had to play in a league of their own, separate from white players. Jackie Robinson was about to change all of that. The Brooklyn Dodgers' owner, Branch Rickey, had warned Jackie of what could happen. Some fans would be angry. Ballplayers might try to hurt him. Some teams might refuse to compete against a team with a black man. Jackie would have to hold his head up and play the best ball he ever had.
Many people asked that day, "Can he do it? Can he take the hard times and not fight back?"
Jackie Robinson's answer to the world was yes! When he walked onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, on April 15, 1947, he knew he was ready to handle anything.Time For Kids: Jackie Robinson