1887 the Newark Little Giants were playing the Chicago White Sox in an exhibition baseball game, but all started to go wrong when the white sox announced their pitcher was George Stovey, a black pitcher. The opposing manager was angered by the decision and during the game, he said things like get off the field and you don't belong here. But altho this sounds horrible moment like this happened commonly in the USA.
Will He Get The Call?
Baseball's color barrier bothered Branch Rickey for a long time ever since one night while he was a college coach when the hotel they drove to didn't let the one black player in the hotel, but Rickey had a plan in mind to end the color barrier. So in 1940's Rickey sent out scouts to find the best black baseball players he could find, but Rickey said he was looking for them to create a Brooklyn negro leagues team, while he was really finding players to join the Dodgers. But as players were scouted one man came out to the top of the list his name was Jackie Robinson
A Major Test
In 1946 Jackie Robinson attended spring training, but Robinson was in a little trouble when the plane made a stop to kick off Robinson and his wife because they were black. So they had to take a very long bus ride instead. but finally, Robinson arrived on March 4, 1946. but when he took the field the player stared at him. But one night a man came to Robinson's house and said he was not allowed at the team hotel. But this didn't stop Robinson and ended the season in Montreal with a .319 batting average and 113 runs.
Jackie Robinson's Legacy
Many people started to wonder if Robinson would every play for the Dodgers after his standout year in 1946. But players on the Dodgers didn't want him on the team because of his race. But One night Leo Durocher the team manager called a team meeting after he heard what the players have been saying about Robinson. In that meeting, Leo was furious saying " I don't care what he looks like if he's yellow or striped like a zebra I'm the manager I say if he plays or not, and I say he plays."
I'm not playing on a team with Robinson
Opening day April 15, 1947, This was the start of a season like no other. In the top of the first inning a man wearing the number 42 on an all-white jersey came out of the dugout and took his spot at first base. Later in that game Robinson came up to bat, at his first at-bat he swung and grounded to the shortstop, but later in the game, he reached safely on an error that scored a run.
To many African Americans Robinson meant hope to them since Robinson an African American playing baseball with the best white Americans in the USA. In 1949 Jackie Robinson won the National League MVP, he led the league in batting average with a .342 average, he also led the league in stolen bases with 39, plus he led the Dodgers to the world series. Robinson's success in the MLB that it opened the door for many other African American baseball players.