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Garden 376, Jackie Robinson

Posted By Kieron Williams, Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Garden Location: FIU Baseball Stadium, 11200 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33199


Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in modern Major League Baseball and an influential figure in ending racial segregation. Although it wasn’t illegal for black men to play in the major leagues, there was a baseball "color line” that kept black men in the Negro leagues. Jackie Robinson, due to his character and undeniable talent, broke the color line when he made his professional debut with the Montreal Royals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Every professional step Robinson made was controversial: Jackie was not allowed to stay with his teammates in team hotel, banned from baseball stadiums, and even physically abused by baseball watchers and players alike. Some watchers would throw trash and spit on him as he entered the stadium, while rival players would slide into his legs while he was on base, and some of his own teammates chose to sit out games than play alongside him. A little known fact is that after Jackie made his historic first home run, as he ran back to the home plate all of his teammates were silent. In such a triumphant moment for Jackie Robinson and the culture that he represents, his teammates’ silence is indicative of the deep racial tension in America and even within his own circle. Despite all of this, Jackie Robinson led a spectacular professional career, winning 1947 MLB Rookie of the Year and playing in six World Series. His resilient and heroic character changed many people’s views on African Americans, creating significant momentum in the African American Civil Rights Movement. Jackie Robinson was a hero to his people, a symbol of athleticism, and an igniter of change that moved cultures every way he could.     

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