Jackie Robinson: Raising The Bar

Kyle PomerleauContributor IMarch 9, 2010

What do you know about Jackie Robinson? Many people think he was just a baseball player. However, he was more than that. He was the first African American to play in major league baseball.

Jackie Robinson was a great athlete from a young age, playing football, basketball, baseball, and track in high school. Although no African-Americans played Major League Baseball in Robinson’s time, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Despite being heckled by fans because of his skin color, Robinson excelled. In fact, he was so fantastic, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first African-American player to achieve this honor.

His life influenced many other aspiring African-American baseball players. After he broke into the league, five other African-Americans played in the majors the next year. Along with playing baseball, Robinson was a coffee company executive, a newspaper columnist, and started a bank. In 2005, he was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for showing that, “One person can make a big difference in setting the tone for this country.” He was an inspiration to everyone, on and off the field.