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Social Studies High School Low ELL

Jackie Robinson and Integrating Baseball

On April 15, 1947 African American baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an interesting choice for the Dodgers to break the race barrier in baseball because he was an older player and was not seen as the best player in the Negro league at the time. Listen to learn how Robinson’s strong character, as much as his talent, helped to successfully integrate baseball.

US History II Race Sports Civil RIghts

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AIR DATE: 04/15/2007

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