This Day in History: April 15, 1947
It is the 1940s. America embraces her favorite pastime...baseball. That's right, baseball, NOT football. Not even golf. This is the era of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet...the American Classics! It is life linked to American pride and being "white."
A life is not important except in the impact it has on others lives. ~Jackie Robinson
The year: 1947. The game: Baseball. The outcome: Breaking a racial barrier.
Baseball from its inception was known as "white" baseball. As with many aspects of life in late 19th century America, baseball was segregated. Over many decades black players were members of the Negro leagues only. It did not matter how good a player one might be, simply the color of his skin could keep him out of the Major League. Some really great African-American players did cross the threshold of the racial barrier, however, but not as Negros. Instead, they were listed as Hispanic or Native American.
So, why was Jackie Robinson chosen to break the racial barrier?