Jackie Robinson

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Manuel De La Torre, Staff Writer

Jackie Robinson is an American Baseball player who was born on January 31, 1919 and died October 24, 1972. He is a very important player to the game because he was the first ever African American to play professional baseball. He broke the barrier of the baseball color line.

The position he played was first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. His other position was second base. His baseball jersey number was 42. When Jackie Robinson was playing professional baseball, He would get death threats, racist obscenities, and hate mail. Back then, everyone hated the idea of an African American playing baseball for the Dodgers. Robinson could have quit at any time because of everything, like the hate mail and racist comments. But he didn’t. He didn’t quit because he wanted to prove to people that an African American can play a sport too. Back then when he would play games, other teams would try to hurt him on purpose with the ball. The pitcher would try to hit him with a fast pitch. Also Robinson’s team tried to get him to stop playing in the Major Leagues. But still, he didn’t give up. Even the umpires would try getting Robinson angry. But even Robinson refused to argue with the umpires even as a rookie. The game was never fair for him, umpires would make unfair calls towards him even when he is safe by a mile. But still, he continued to play the game.

Robinson had two sons and one daughter with his wife, Rachel Robinson. She was always there for him at games. Number 42, Jackie Robinson. The first African American to play baseball.