Baseball Heroes by Glenn Stout

By Glenn Stout

Baseball Heroes is the 1st publication within the new heart grade nonfiction sequence strong activities, concerning the inspiring existence tales of significant league athletes who've conquer hindrances during their existence and careers. each one e-book tells the tales of athletes who've encountered and triumph over major hindrances, and whose tale exempifies personality and nerve within the face of adversity. Baseball Heroes highlights avid gamers who have been one of the first to wreck via obstacles of race, ethnicity or even intercourse with a view to play expert baseball. topics contain Jackie Robinson, Hank Greenburg, Fernando Valenzuela, and Ila Borders.

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The decision was a huge relief to Hank, and when he made his way to the ballpark on Rosh Hashanah, he saw a newsboy in the street holding a stack of newspapers. Hank saw his picture on the cover and decided to take a closer look. As he did, a big smile broke out on his face. Beneath his picture were a few words written in Hebrew, a language used by many Jewish people, and then the same words in English. ” Now he could concentrate on baseball. The Tigers needed every win they could get. But Boston played Detroit tough, and entering the seventh inning, the Tigers trailed 1–0.

Although Greenberg was disappointed at having to sit out, winning a world championship was gratifying. But it was not as gratifying as standing up to the Cubs. While that was not the last time Hank Greenberg faced taunts on the baseball field, over time many of his opponents and baseball fans began to realize that the only effect those taunts and insults had on Hank was to make him play better. And each day Hank took the field and played the game the right way, he set an example for others. As he did, he helped people understand that although being Jewish made Hank different from most other major leaguers, that difference did not matter, either on the field or off.

Later that season, on July 3, the Cleveland Indians signed African American outfielder Larry Doby to a contract and he made his debut two days later. Jackie was not alone in the major leagues. There would be no turning back. Over time every team in baseball would put an African American on the field, and today no one thinks twice about seeing a player of any race or nationality either on the baseball field or in the workplace. By breaking the color line, Jackie did not just win the right for African Americans to play in the major leagues, he also reminded the entire country that people should be judged only by their abilities and their character.

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