Thursday, January 20, 2011
Social Studies with Mr. Harris: Famous African-Americans
This month, Mr. Harris (PS4's Social Studies teacher) will be highlighting Jackie Robinson; the first African-American baseball player signed to Major League Baseball (MLB). Robinson broke the color line when he started with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black player to play in the major leagues since the 1880's, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball. For sixty years, African-American players were forced to play in the Negro Leagues. Over ten seasons, he played in six World Series' and contributed to the Dodgers 1955 World Championship Game. He was the recipient of the 1947 NMLB Rookie of the Year Award and won National League's Most Valuable Player Award in 1949-the first African-American player to do so. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 and in 1997 Major League Baseball retired his uniform number, 42, across all Major League Teams.
As we celebrate the achievements of African-Americans, feel free to check out these great websites: