Historic Encounters! A Quiz Deck on World-Changing Events
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In this secret meeting in Brooklyn, New York, on August 28, 1945, two sports figures craft an agreement that will challenge injustice and prejudice in the American sports arena. Who were the two figures, and what was the agreement?
Answer Branch Rickey, general manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, meets 26-year-old Jackie Robinson, ballplayer for the Kansas City Monarchs, a powerhouse team in the Negro Leagues.
No written rules excluded African American players from white major-league teams, but they were understood to be unwelcome. Rickey wanted that to change. In a meeting lasting more than three hours, he unleashed a barrage of racist insults at Robinson to determine whether the player could hold his temper and be the man to successfully break the sport's color barrier. Robinson passed the test, and Rickey secretly signed him to the Dodgers. On October 23, 1945, the public learned that Robinson would play for the Montreal Royals, a minor-league team associated with the Dodgers. Robinson played in his first major-league contest on April 15, 1947, covering first base when Brooklyn faced the Boston Braves. He was named Rookie of the Year and remained on the team until 1957, paving the way for other African American players to join him in the major leagues.