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By Mary Linge

Whilst the Brooklyn Dodgers recruited Jackie Robinson from the Negro Leagues' Kansas urban Monarchs in 1947, it marked a turning aspect either in baseball and civil rights background. Robinson grew to become the 1st African American to play within the significant Leagues, and in doing so, led generations of black avid gamers into the formerly all-white global baseball. As one of many maximum avid gamers expert baseball has ever visible, Robinson fought fiercely for civil rights off and on the diamond all through his lifetime, and in doing so grew to become an outstanding American hero.Mary Kay Linge recounts the intense tale of Robinson's life-from his early early life within the South, to his university years at UCLA, to turning into a corridor of Famer and a tremendous determine within the NAACP. In studying the encircling social and cultural contexts of Robinson's time, this biography examines the legacy of a guy who eternally replaced baseball. A timeline, statistical appendix, bibliography of print and digital resources for additional examining, and pictures increase this biography.

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Robinson immediately joined the football team and began to benefit from its major perk: the training table. This was the food that the team provided for its players to keep them well-nourished during the season. “That was our main meal,” Bartlett said. ”33 The Bruins built on the success of their previous season as they welcomed Robinson onto the team. He seemed to provide the missing piece that the team needed: they went undefeated, with six wins and four ties, in 1939. Coach Horrell’s plan was to use Robinson, playing halfback, mainly as a decoy to clear the way for the team’s star runner, the senior Kenny Washington.

The war in Europe was escalating, and it seemed that the nation would soon enter the conflict. S. Army as a processing and training center for draftees, and Robinson was looking for work again. A FUTURE IN FOOTBALL? In August he traveled to Chicago at the invitation of the Chicago Tribune to participate in a college-versus-NFL charity game. The newspaper had polled its readers to decide which college players to invite, and Robinson had received more than 700,000 votes. It was an all-expenses-paid, three-week experience that helped to seal Robinson’s national reputation.

27. Jackie Robinson as told to Ed Reid, “Jackie Robinson Tells His Own Story,” Washington Post, August 21, 1949, p. C1. 28. Rampersad, Jackie Robinson, p. 65. 29. Robinson, “Jackie Robinson Tells His Own Story,” Washington Post, August 21, 1949, p. C1. 30. Robinson, “Being an Athlete Gets Robinson Out of a Jam,” Washington Post, August 22, 1949, p. 8. 31. Pasadena Star-News, October 18, 1939. Cited in Rampersad, Jackie Robinson, p. 66. 32. Robinson, “Being an Athlete Gets Robinson Out of a Jam,” Washington Post, August 22, 1949, p.

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