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WWII & Jackie Robinson

by: Elena Bassin

WWII & Jackie Robinson HIST291W

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Elena Bassin
GPA 3.2
History of Baseball
Joel Wolfe

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Notes on this weeks lectures about the effect WWII and Jackie Robinson had on the MLB.
History of Baseball
Joel Wolfe
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Date Created: 03/26/15
History of Baseball I WWII Baseball on the Home Front A Baseball amp Americanism 1 MLB amp immigrant facilities both associated the game with Americanism 2 This deepened the wound of exclusion of African American players 3 Still MLB played a key role in expressing patriotism during WWII 4 It39s not surprising that Baseball was going to play an important role in WWII a Helped to de ne American patriotism B 1941 Baseballs Greatest Season 1 Joe DiMaggio amp Ted Williams emerged as megastars 2 DiMaggio39s 56game hit streak 3 Williams batted over 400 C 56 game streak 1 Began May15 1941 2 After 34th game AL Pitchers refused to walk him a Also increased his odds of getting a hit 3 56th game drew 67468 gas 4 Hit 409 during the streak D Ted Williams 1 Would only hangout with good hitters once he retired 2 Williams39 singular ambition was to be considered the best hitter in the game 3 At start last day of the season hitting 39955 4 Played both games double header 5 Ended the season at 406 6 No one has hit 400 since E Changes in glove technology 1 Glove effected batting averages F WWII 1 FDR ordered MLB to continue to play games 2 340 Major Leaguers drafted gt3000 from minors a Some of the smaller minor league teams had to suspend play 3 MLB sought out 4F39s teenagers amputees retirees and others to ll the void a Pete Gray amputee of the St Louis Browns b Joe Nuxhall was only 15 but pitched for the Reds 4 Expanded the number of night games to allow workers in war industries to go G All American Girls Baseball League a Kenosha Comets b Racine Belles c Rockford Peaches d South Bend Blue Sox e Milwaukee Chicks f Minneapolis Milleretes g Fort Wayne Daises h Grand Rapids Chicks 1 Was in response to several important things 2 League faced same problems as every league did a Unbalanced revenue 3 This wasn39t about equality 4 Women played in skirts apart of the apology H 1946 A Pivotal Season 1 Ted Williams won AL MVP 2 Sox went 10450 3 Lost Series to Cardinals led by NL MVP Stan Musial II Jackie Robinson amp Integration A Jackie Robinson 1 born January 31 1919 in Georgia 2 Grew up in Southern California 3 Died October 24 1972 in Stamford CT 4 Played 10 MLB seasons 5 BA 311 OBP 410 SLG 474 B WWII amp The Final Days of Segregated Ball 1 More amp More AfricanAmericans in major cities 2 War against fascism amp racism 3 Successes of Negro Leaguers when played MLB players bamstorrning etc 4 Scraping the bottom of the barrel for players during WWII 5 By interrupting a national narrative on racism integrating would truly redefme what it meant to be american 6 The success of the Negro Leagues didn39t matter C Kenesaw Mountain Landis 1 Bill Veeck was gonna buy the Phillies and desegregate 2 Landis was so against this he bought the team and sold it to a gambler 3 Three reasons for desegregation a Southern players wouldn39t stand for integration b Southern areas where teams had training wouldn39t accept players i Southern areas would39ve been fmancially devastated if teams did what the Dodgers and go to Puerto Rico Cuba and the Dominican Republic c Negro League players lacked talent and stamina for Maj or League i Never really had an opportunity to develop there skills ii quotPlaying yourself into shape without any coachingquot D Negro League Opponents to Integration 1 Integration would destroy Negro Leagues fan base 2 Negro League teams not indemnified for MLB signing their players a Contracts didn39t really exist 3 But team owners had to keep criticism of possible integration to quiet to avoid alienating their fans E Branch Rickey 1 Single individual most associated with the modern farm system 2 Played at Ohio Wesleyan was an integrated team 3 Aggressively fought for team accommodations 4 Played onoff with the Browns amp NY Highlanders F Robinson at UCLA 1 No one combined athletic ability and character more than Robinson 2 Brother was Olympic Team mate of Jesse Owens 3 Second lieutenant in Army 4 Robinson took an honorable discharge and left the Army in 1944 5 Played football baseball and track at UCLA G Began Dodger Career as a Royal 1 1946 Spring Training in segregated Florida 2 Led Montreal to International League Pennant a Seen as a more racially tolerant city 3 Batted 349 for the season a Downplayed his skills to set lower expectations b White press was going to jump at any opportunity to criticize him 4 Had spring training in 1947 with the Dodgers in Cuba 5 Black fans were asked to behave better than white fans a Consume no alcohol etc H Breaking the Racial Barrier in MLB 1 April 15 1947 Played First Base 2 26623 fans at Ebbets eld a gt 14000 were AfricanAmerican 3 As he had with Montreal Robinson drew huge crowds at home amp on the road I 1947 Rookie of the Year 1 Hit 297 2 Led the league in Stolen Bases 3 White society embraced him as a symbol of integration amp social equality 4 Helped Dodgers win the pennant lost WS to Yankees in 7 games 5 Helped the Dodgers draw over 1 million fans for rst time in team history J Jackie Robinson with Ben Chapman 1 Phillies were the most racist team at the time a quotPhucking Philliesquot 2 Chapman was from Tennessee and taunted Robinson from the dugout 3 Encouraged players to beam him on a 30 count 4 Chapman was ordered to take a picture with Robinson K Negro Leaguers To the Major Leagues 1 Roy Campenella Don Newcombe amp Jock Block to the Dodgers 2 Larry Doby Satchel Paige amp Luke Easter to the Cleveland Indians a Satchel Paige 1948 ROY was 42 L Next Generation 1 Hank Aaron from Indianapolis Clowns to Braves 2 Ernie Banks from the KC Monarchs to CUbs 3 Willie Mays from Birmingham Barons to Giants 4 Minnie Minoso from NY Cubans to Indians 5 Frank Robinson amp Bob GIbson never played Negro League Baseball a Signed directly to MLB teams in the 50s39


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