Saturday, April 23, 2016

(19) About My Father, Jackie Robinson

  • Based on the first paragraph, why do you think Sharon Robinson wrote this article?
I think that she wrote this article to prove her point of view and explain the troubles her father had to go through to break the "color barrier."
  • What is the main idea of the article? Provide details from the article to support your answer.
This article is mainly about Jackies break through the "color barrier" that existed in the 1800's. His daughter explains the obstacles he had to face and how he was able to fight back. Although he never fought with his hands, he always had a comeback with the bat and the base. 
  • How did the color barrier prevent black baseball players from playing in the Majors before 1947?
When the color barrier was taking place, it was when black and brown skinned ball players were kept out of the Majors. Then during the 1800's two colored players played alongside whites but by 1890 baseball was segregated. In 1947 there was two teams, one being the Majors which whites could only play in and the other being the Negro Leagues which colored players could only play in. 
  • Why were Jackie Robinson’s college statistics at UCLA and his accomplishments with the Kansas City Monarchs important information for Branch Rickey?
That was important information for Branch Rickey because Jackie was the first athlete to letter in all four sports; basketball, long jump, football, and baseball. 
  • Why was it important to Mr. Rickey that Jackie Robinson had strength of character?
It was important to Mr. Rickey because although Jackie would face racial comments and obstacles he needed to still be able to keep his head up high and fight with his bat towards a base. He wanted to make sure he was mentally prepared and mature to not fight back and make it up higher in baseball and in life. 
  • What evidence in the article suggests that Jackie Robinson succeeded in breaking barriers in Major League Baseball?
In the last two paragraphs Sharon writes "He went on to play 10 seasons, earning such awards as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player." And in the last paragraph she says, "It took 13 long seasons before every Major League Baseball team had at least one African-American player on its roster. Today, Major League Baseball players come from around the world and continue to break barriers of culture, language, race, and religion." This tells me that Jackie went through a rough patch just to make it so that everyone could participate in the sport they loved. He was able to keep himself drowned in positivity and make it through so that he broke the color barrier and made it possible for future colored baseball players able to play. 

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