Jackie Robinson-A Civil Rights Hero
Jackie Robinson transcended the color barrier in major league baseball and became a hero for humanity. He was an icon for civil rights and helped lead the way for other ballplayers. A true inspiration to us all. An example of bravery and courage. Baseball was simply a vehicle for Jackie Robinson to bring light to the problems of racism in a time when racism was high.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the major leagues in 1947. He was a leader and knew the hardships that would follow. He exhibited extreme bravery and it took a man of Jackie's magnitude to handle all the problems that followed. He was so important to civil rights and helped lead the way for others to follow. An above and beyond leader whose number 42 will never ever be worn again in any major league park.
Having Jackie Robinson debut with the Brookly Dodgers in 1947 was one of the greatest civil rights moments in our history. It was made possible by Branch Rickey who served as the club president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was wonderful that Jackie got his chance to play in major league baseball, and it was a tragedy that the fiber of America during that time was so full of racism.
It has taken a man of Jackie's temperament and courage to help change the ugly face of racism in America. Mr. Robinson was a man of a fiery temperament who was asked to stay calm during his first couple of years and handle the pressure. I don't believe any other man could have handled the pressure. And because of his courage and bravery and willingness to stand tall, barriers have been brought down and continue to do so.
It is for these reasons that Jackie Robinson should be so honored. His jersey's number will never ever be worn again. He is an example of others to follow and in his words he stated: "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
Jackie Robinson will always be a true civil rights hero who just happened to play baseball. Let's not forget the contributions this great man made to humanity. He is an example for all human beings to follow, not just in baseball, but also in life. He made it possible for Arican Americans to cross the color barrier in all sports by leading by example. He had to endure the constant badgering and humiliation at every game. He was cursed at, sneered at, and spit at. He had objects thrown at him on the field. He couldn't go into some places because of his color. But Jackie Robinson held his head high, put one foot in front of the other, and walked proudly. Leaving behind a path for all of us to follow. There has never been a better example of the phrase, "actions speak louder then words". While Jackie was being verbally abused and spit at, he carried on with his actions. He was a leader on and off the field. A true icon who stood for equal rights, the chance to play ball, and for humanity. We salute you Jackie Robinson.
About the Author: Bill Bathe- former major league ballplayer who played in 1989 world series. Been coached by Eddie Matthews, Harmon Killebrew, Billy Williams, and Dusty Baker to name a few. You can learn more by visiting http://www.pro-baseball-drills-and-equipment.com which provides tips, advice, drills, equipment and video analysis of your swing. Also, inspirational stories and pictures of the journey to the big leagues.