Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers Author:Milton J. Shapiro "The courageous Negro who broke the color line in professional baseball." — FIRST NEGRO PLAYER IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY — Jackie Robinson was the target of rank bigots, jealous competitors, and the relentless needling of baseball's most practiced bench jockeys. But Robinson accepted the responsiblity of his pioneering role. Branch Rickey, who had... more » brought him up from the Negro leagues for the great experiment, had warned Jackie to "turn the other cheek." And turn it he did, through his blood boiled and his spirit rebelled.
Robinson's answer to his tormentors was in his spectacular play on the ball field. His colorful, aggressive running tactics on the basepaths drove the opposing players frantic. He quickly won a reputation as one of the greatest clutch hitters in the game. He was "Rookie of the Year" for 1947, won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in 1949, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
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