ID Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.
What year and team did this begin?
Jackie Robinson was recruited to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945 by general manager Branch Rickey. On April 15, 1947, Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves. This made him the first African American in the major leagues.
Reaction of teammates, other MLB teams; fans
When Jackie Robinson first joined and played for the Dodgers, he was met with unsupportive and racist teammates, fans, along with other teams. Most people were not pleased about the decision to bring Robinson onto a professional baseball team, but Robinson was not effected by their reactions.
When did other black players make it into the major leagues?
Larry Doby became the first African American to play for the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947- only a few months after Jackie Robinson. Other African American players began to follow them including: Hank Thompson (July 17, 1947), Willard “Home Run” Brown (July 19, 1947), Monte Irvin (July 8, 1949), etc.
The new knowledge that will stick me is that Jackie Robinson was met with such racism and opposition when he became apart of the MLB because it seems like such a wrong viewpoint in today’s society. This effected today’s society as it most likely opened people’s views/opinion on the subject and created a more excepting society for African Americans in the long run.