Jackie Robinson And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1225 Words Mar 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ozzie Smith, and Barry Bonds were all great baseball players with outstanding accolades, but where would they be without Jackie Robinson. He changed the world in a positive way. He broke the color barrier in 1947 and helped in the Civil Rights movement. Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. He was a star athlete at the University of California Los Angeles in four different sports, and he became UCLA’s first four letterman for his multisport skills. Robinson served as a second Lieutenant in the United States army from 1942 to 1944. Robinson finally played his first major league game with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Jackie Robinson changed the world in sports and through helping the Civil Rights movement. Robinson finally broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. He was the first African American to play in the major leagues. Professional baseball would not allow a black man on the field until Robinson finally broke that standard practice. He did not only change the game for African Americans, but he changed it for Latinos, Hispanic, and other nationalities. He did not only change the game in America, but all across the world. With him breaking the barrier it allowed other nationalities across the sea to be able to play major league baseball. According to “Celebrating Jackie Robinson” the article states, “ There are famous Bruins. There are great Bruins. There are Bruins who make a difference everyday in every way…

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