Celebrating Jackie Robinson

Dylan Wallblom, Sports Journalist

Jackie Robinson was a American baseball player that broke the MLB color barrier. He grew up in Pasadena, California with five brothers and sisters, it was there where he learned racial hatred. In collage, Jackie won awards in Baseball, Football, and in track and field. Jackie was considered the best athlete, black or white, on the West Coast. After his colligate career, he got drafted into the U.S army. His career ended when he refused to go to the back of an army bus. After his stint in the army, he played in the, then, only African American, Negro leagues. The Boston Red Sox held a tryout for Robinson and other black baseball players. The tryout though, fell through with the powerful Boston City councilman, Isadore Muchnick, not wanting to desegregate the team and city. After the failed tryout, Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager, selected Robinson from a long list of black prospects to play for the minor league team, The Montreal Royals. As he arrived at Spring Training in the very segregated Florida, he was not allowed to stay, and visit with his other white teammates. The Royals were not allowed to play a home game with Robinson playing until March 1946 against their Major League team the Brooklyn Dodgers. With a historic rest of the minor league season, Robinson was called up to the majors six days before the season started. In his first game in front of 14,000 black fans, and 12,000 white fans, Robison walked and scored in a 5-3 victory. Throughout his first season, Jackie got mixed reception from fans, all the other white players, and news reporters, with some players even refusing to play along side of him. With some opposing teams they threatened to strike if he played! Jackie ended up finishing the season with astonishing stats and playing in 151 games. After his major league career, Robinson joined in the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and was inducted into the MLB Hall Of Fame. He got his number retired by the whole MLB, and has a day commemorated to him. Unfortunately, Jackie Robinson died on October 24th, 1972. Jackie Robinson made a huge impact on the world and game and it shows. A quote from Jackie Robinson,  

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”