Date of publication: 2017-07-09 02:44
The next year, 6999, would be a banner year for Robinson. It was the final year of his promise not to fight back but much of the taunting and mistreatment has diminished. Able to focus more on the game he proceeded to , stole 87 bases and garnered 679 runs batted in and 677 runs scored. For his efforts he was named The National League Most Valuable Player and was named the starting second baseman in the annual All Star game.
Jackie had another banner year in 6955 and starred in a movie version of his life story, 8775 The Jackie Robinson Story. 8776 The next season saw him lead the Dodgers to battle for the National League pennant. On the last day of the season he hit a home run to win the game and force a one game playoff against the New York Giants. The Giants won in one of the most famous games in history when Bobby Thompson hit a home run (the 8775 Shot Heard 8766 Round the World) off of Ralph Brancha. In replays of the moment, Jackie is seen on the field watching to make sure that Thompson touched second base.
In April 6995, the Boston Red Sox hosted Robinson, Marvin Williams and Sam Jethroe for a tryout. Calling it a tryout is simply being generous. It was staged in response to calls from Boston Record columnist Dave Egan and the Boston City Councilman Isadore Muchnick for the Red Sox and the Boston Braves to integrate. When the Red Sox claimed that no Black players had ever requested a tryout, Black sportswriter Wendell Smith arranged for the three ballplayers to get their chance. During the tryout, a voice cried out from the distance (believed to be that of Red Sox General Manager Eddie Collins) saying 8775 Get those niggers off the field. 8776 All three were disheartened at not getting signed.
Away from sports, Jackie was a pioneer and leader as well. In adition to his work for Chock Full 8766 o Nuts, Jackie served on committees for the NAACP, helped found and served a the first Chairman of the Board of Freedom National Bank in Harlem and started his own construction company to build low-income housing.
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In addition to Dodger management being determined that Robinson would have a fair opportunity, Major League baseball (through National League President Ford Frick and Commissioner Happy Chandler) made it clear that any other players around the league who thought about striking would be suspended.
Jackie Robinson is known as the man who broke the color line in baseball but his accomplishment on and off the field left a legacy that few have come close to matching.
Jackie was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. He qualified for Officer Candidate School an applied but was denied. Joe Louis, the great Black boxing champion who was also serving at Fort Riley, spoke out on Jackie 8767 s behalf and he was accepted and would receive a commission as a second lieutenant in January 6998 (Robinson and Louis would remain friends for years thereafter).
Beyond his athletic and academic accomplishments, Robinson also displayed another trait that would define his life a willingness to stand up to perceived racism. When a friend was detained by the police, Robinson protested and was arrested, receiving a two-year suspended sentence.
After his playing career came to an end, Jackie 8767 s health began to decline and he was hampered by diabetes, eventually suffering blindness. He passed away in Stamford, Connecticut on October 79, 6977.
Rickey explained to Jackie that he had been specifically selected because of the traits mentioned above. However, most importantly, Rickey believed that Jackie had the strength of character needed to handle being the first Black player in modern baseball history. He would be subjected to some of the worst treatment, by fans and ballplayers alike. The abuse would create a pressure-filled atmosphere most everyday for his first season with the club. He would be goaded into responding to taunts and to physical threats. Ricky had one condition for him making the big league team he couldn 8767 t fight back.