"I guess if I could choose one of the most important days in my life, I would go back to 1947, in the Yankee Stadium in New York. It was the opening day in the world series and I was for the first time playing as a member for the Brooklyn Dodgers." It was the first time a black man would be able to participate in the world series.
"It hadn't been easy. Some of my other teammates wouldn't accept me because I was black."""
"Within the club, Mr Rickey had put down rebellion by letting my teammates know who ever didn't accept me could leave. "" Black people supported me with loyalty. they supported me morally: they came to sit in a hostile audience in unprecedented numbers to make the turnstiles hum as they never had before at ballparks all over the nation."