New Color in Baseball

Postwar Civil Rights: Brooklyn Dodgers & Jackie Robinson

In chapter 23, Foner discussed civil rights after the war, and mentioned how the Brooklyn Dodgers challenged the exclusion of black players from major league baseball, by adding Jackie Robinson on their team, which would start the integration of players. If the Dodgers did not add Robinson onto their team, I think it would have taken longer for black players to actually be a part of the major league with the whites. However, if such integration wasn’t successful, there would be separate leagues today. Also, Robinson’s athleticism and his ability to withstand abuse and racial taunts from opposing fans helped him gain respect. Such respect would help open the door for other blacks to other opportunities. If Robinson did not show others what a black man is capable of, blacks would not be as respected and possibly still be looked down upon today.

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