Professional Sports : The World Of Sport

1904 Words Dec 15th, 2016 8 Pages
In the United States since World War II, the world of sport has undergone dramatic changes. The first decade after the war witnessed the resurgence of baseball as the national sport, particularly with the unveiling of a hero-athlete, the formation and development of the National Basketball Association, and the transformation of professional football into a powerhouse organization vying with baseball as the national sport. That competition continues to this day, with the profound irony that in some quarters the Black athlete is now seen as "saving" sports. In the pre-World War II years, the Black athlete was restricted from competition in all professional sports. The transgression of the treatment that followed the integration of colored athletes in professional sports can be seen through the treatment of three players in particular, Jackie Robinson, Mohammad Ali, and Michael Jordan. Each athlete respectively went through different treatment in his respective era as a professional athlete.
Jackie Robinson was the man credited for breaking the color barrier in the oldest game in America. His debut came on April 15, 1947 where he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. Signed by the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson was subject to the taunting and racial abuse from opposing fans night in and night out.
It’s not often that the career of one man can impact the lives of millions of people that succeeded him.…
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