By Glenn Stout
Baseball Heroes is the 1st publication within the new center grade nonfiction sequence strong activities, concerning the inspiring existence tales of significant league athletes who've conquer hindrances during their existence and careers. every one booklet tells the tales of athletes who've encountered and conquer major stumbling blocks, 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 damage via limitations of race, ethnicity or even intercourse so that it will play specialist baseball. matters comprise Jackie Robinson, Hank Greenburg, Fernando Valenzuela, and Ila Borders.
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And as the season went on, Jackie proved that he was one of the best players in the league, a fine hitter and an exciting base runner who was a threat to steal every time he got on base. 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.
Inside, Jackie had never been so angry in his life, not even when he had been ordered to the back of the bus at Fort Hood. Every instinct in his body told him to walk off the field and go home, or else to go over to the dugout and challenge the Phillies players to a fight. But Jackie knew he could not do this. In fact, he could not even let the Phillies know he heard them. But of course, he did hear them. There was only a small crowd in the ballpark, and Jackie heard every word. ” Many of his teammates were appalled.
He and Hartnett collided violently in a cloud of dust. The umpire hesitated, then raised his right arm. Out! Hank rose slowly and trotted to the Tigers dugout. Even though he had been thrown out, he had shown the Cubs and everyone else how the game was supposed to be played—by the rules. The Tigers held on to win 8–3 and tie the series at one game apiece. Unfortunately, when Greenberg had slid home, he had broken his wrist. He missed the remainder of the series, but his teammates, inspired by his example, rose to the occasion and beat the Cubs in three of the next four games to take the World Series.