Jackie Robinson: Breaking The Color Line In Baseball

ISBN-10: 0778712443
ISBN-13: 9780778712442
Author: Simmons, Matt
Interest Level: 5-8
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing

Publication Date: March 2014

Copyright: 2014

Page Count: 112

Series: Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies


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Interest Level

Grades 5-8

Reading Level

Guided Reading:
Lexile: 1140L
Accelerated Reader Level: 7.9
Accelerated Reader Points: 4.0
Grade Level Equivalent: 6

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Careers

Description
At a time when much of the United States was still racially segregated, Jackie Robinson smashed the color barrier to become the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Born in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers, Robinson excelled in sports throughout his school years. After serving briefly in the army during WWII, he briefly played ball in the Negro Leagues. At about the same time, a handful of all-white Major League teams paid lip service to trying out black players. But it was when Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 that he became a part of what would be called "The Noble Experiment." Outspoken in the past when it came to racial injustice, Robinson endured racist jeers from fans and players, and even death threats, with dignity and composure. His historic feat of crossing baseball's "color line" became a symbol in the American civil rights movement in the decades that followed.
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