Just to give a bit more detail to the life of the good ol' Mr. Jackie Robinson, I just wanted to put a little bit more emphasis on his character and to tell everyone how he really was and still is a great example of someone who faces trials in life.
When Jackie was first signed to the Montreal Royals in 1945 and started his sprin
g training in 1946, the team went down to Florida. Many of the cities in which they had to play in was rough. Alot of games were cancelled because teams refused to play a team who had a black player. He received numerous amounts of threatening letters, was segregated from his team in cities they had to stay over night in, and when they finally started playing in the season, he was harassed more then any other player. When he reached the actual major leagues and played for the Dodgers in 1947, while he was fielding, players slid into base and tried to puncture his leg with their spikes. On several occasions he was severely spiked to where his leg was bloody and was knocked to the ground. He also had many balls thrown at his head as well.
But while this all happened, guess what he did? Jus
t turned the other cheek. He was known for having a short temper, but was some how able to control it and never retaliated in anyway. He always kept a positive attitude and never blamed the whites for anything even though he knew a lot of the violence that was thrown against him was intentional. He conquered adversity every time something was thrown at him.
Another thing i really admired about him was his love for his wife. He married a gal named Rachel young; before he signed onto the Royals. Their marriage was tried by all the violence and the constant traveling to games. But Rachel NEVER missed a home game, even when they had a son. One time when Jackie had go on the road again, he called her from the train station and said, "I don't want to make this trip with out you, come on down." And of course just packed up everything and went right on down with him. Rachel described their relationship as a very intense pairing, as if they were a part of each other. As Jackie's popularity increased, the ladies were starting to become attracted to him and trying to throw themselves on him. In one instance, he received a letter from a women basically begging him to commit adultery with her and confessed her love for him and said, "I know you are a married man and that you have a son, but you don't have to be an angel." Can you believe this SLUT??? Well guess what Jackie said back..."When i married Mrs. Robinson, i exchanged vows to love and honor, and cherish her for the rest of my life. Honor means just that to me and any sneaking, skulking escapade would destroy the very thing that enables me to hold my head up high." YOU GO JACKIE!
See, isn't he the best?? I have loved reading about this man. He truly helped destroy the color barrier of baseball, blaze the trail to the civil rights movement, and kept true to himself during all the trials and tribulations he faced. He truly was a great man and a great example of how we should all be.