By: David Matousek
Walking into the locker room for the first time, Jackie respectfully introduced himself to his new teammates. No one responded. The room was dead silent except for the whispers in the corner. Eyes of his fellow teammates glared at him as he prepares for the game. On top of his jersey lies several written letters. The letters contained threats to both Jackie and his family. Jackie’s hands began to shake and sweat intensively. His face turned to nothing and fear filled his eyes. With his head down, Jackie grabs his glove and bat and slowly walks out to the field. The fans immediately began to boo Jackie. During each at bat Jackie could barely grip the bat with the fans taunting and screaming racist comments to him. Jackie finished the game going 0 for 3. This was not an impressive start.
Jackie was given a second chance when he started the next game. This time Jackie was focused and ready to play. Like last time he received multiple threat letters. He simply threw them in the trash and hit the field. Fans were furious to see that Jackie was starting again. The stadium was roaring with racial comments when he came out of the dugout. This time the yelling did not affect Jackie. With determination he blocked out everything going on except his main objective, which was, to play baseball. So with a smile on Jackie’s face he finished the game going 3 for 4 with 2 stolen bases.
Jackie Robinson was a hero. Jackie faced severe obstacles and inspired others with his grace under pressure. Jackie’s grace under pressure inspired thousands of African-American men and women living in America by putting the prejudice and racial strife aside, and showed everyone what a talented player he was.
Jackie Robinson inspired his people because he showed them that he could put aside the racial aspect and focus on the game. The courage Jackie Robinson had was unbelievable. Throughout his career fans threatened to kill
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