By Glenn Stout
Baseball Heroes is the 1st e-book within the new center grade nonfiction sequence sturdy activities, in regards to the inspiring lifestyles tales of significant league athletes who've triumph over stumbling blocks during their lifestyles and careers. every one publication tells the tales of athletes who've encountered and triumph over major hindrances, and whose tale exempifies personality and nerve within the face of adversity. Baseball Heroes highlights avid gamers who have been one of the first to wreck via limitations of race, ethnicity or even intercourse to be able to play specialist baseball. topics contain Jackie Robinson, Hank Greenburg, Fernando Valenzuela, and Ila Borders.
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When it rained or the weather was too cold to play outside, Hank went to the park recreation center and played basketball. In fact, Hank loved playing sports so much that it soon became a problem. After school he would race right past his house, and without even changing clothes or doing his homework, Hank would toss his schoolbooks aside and start playing. Hour after hour Hank and his friends would choose sides and play one sport or another—soccer, football, baseball—sometimes all of them, one right after the other.
He turned the other cheek, hoping for a chance to play for the Dodgers. He knew that playing in the major leagues would be the real test, both of his ability as a ballplayer and of his character. Branch Rickey was determined to give Jackie that chance after the 1946 season, but he knew that the other baseball owners were against him. They didn’t want Jackie or any other African American player to appear in the major leagues. In January of 1946 they all met in New York and held a cowardly secret vote.
So when Hank was seven years old, his parents moved the entire family to another section of New York: the Bronx. There were more Jewish families there, and Hank and his brothers and sister felt much safer. On the day the Greenbergs drove uptown to their new home, Hank was excited. Not only was his new home much bigger than their old apartment, but right across the street was a huge park! There were trees in Crotona Park, and the green grass seemed to stretch as far as Hank could see. Even better, there were large athletic fields and baseball diamonds, and the park was full of the sounds of children playing.