Breaking the Colour Barrier (April 15) (by Adam Goodwin)

Breaking the Colour Barrier

by Adam Goodwin | 2015 | Last Updated: April 15, 2015

Breaking the Colour Barrier

He was one of the first.

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson was standing on base in a baseball stadium, sporting the jersey of the Brooklyn Dodgers of Major League Baseball. This was the start of breaking the symbol of artificial social barriers. Sport was part of something positive this day.

Jackie Robinson

Robinson was born in the late 1910s. From April 1947 until 1956, he played professional baseball. He was the first professional black player in the 1900s. Today, he is enshrined as a member of baseball’s hall of fame.

Branch Rickey

In 2004, MLB started the Jackie Robinson Day, where every major league player wears the number 42 to honour Robinson. The man behind the story, is Branch Rickey – the Dodger’s General Manager – is sometime forgotten in Robinson’s story.

He challenged societal norms and expectations (that non-whites could be a pro athlete) by signing Robinson in 1945, and putting him in the team’s lineup in 1947.

Without Rickey, would there have been a Robinson? Did Rickey need Robinson, or did Robinson need Rickey?

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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America, who is currently attending one of the world’s best sport management programs at the University of Windsor.  He is a proud introvert and silent leader.  He has traveled to 50 major global cities around the world, and has worked with universities, non-profits, consulting firms, and sport organizations.  He has family and friends around the world.  Follow his travels, work, projects, and thoughts on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog (click on the bottom right-hand corner to sign up for weekly email notifications).

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