Jackie Robinson’s Impact By Mike Werner ETE 100 Sec. 03 Sunday, September 04, 2005 Sunday, September 04, 2005
A little Background History Black baseball teams started around the 1880’s Interestingly enough, Moses “Fleetwood” Walker was really the first African American pro baseball player In 1887, the International League no longer allowed black baseball players into their league
A little more Background An alternative to the major leagues or baseball leagues was the Negro leagues in which blacks “barnstormed.” (click on word to find out more) barnstormed As a side note: It’s unfortunate that segregation among the leagues occurred since many star black baseball players failed to get recognition for their contributions to the game.
What does barnstorming mean? Barnstorming simply means that black baseball players had to search for baseball games by traveling around the country.
Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson seen here on the right playing for the Negro league team, the Kansas City Monarchs. The year was 1945, two years prior to coming into the major leagues.
Behind the Scenes Branch Ricky, the man on the right, was the man behind helping get Jackie Robinson into to baseball, and reintegrating baseball.
The Process of finding a Player According to the www.loc.gov website, Ricky was intent on finding a baseball player with ethical and athletic qualities. www.loc.gov Robinson may not have been the most talented Ricky actually tested Robinson in his interview Click on picture to see Ricky signing Robinson to a contract. picture
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