Why Jackie Robinson was Chosen to Break the Color Barrier!. Jackie's Upbringing. Jackie's father left the family when Jackie was only 1 year old. He had to help his mother take care of his 4 brothers and sisters.
One of the reasons Jackie Robinson was chosen to break the color barrier was because Branch Rickey knew Jackie Robinson had the strength of character, not just the talent, to over-come the taunts that would come.
Jackie Robinson was the best choice to integrate baseball. If any other black baseball player was chosen to break the color barrier things in baseball today may have been much different.
If any other player was chosen they could have reacted differently to the racism. They could have retaliated and received negative criticism to get them kicked out of baseball, but Jackie always kept his composure.
Jackie had a career batting average of .311 his highest season batting average was .342!!
He is the only player ever to steal every base in one on base.
He was the first black rookie of the year. His number is retired by all 30 teams. He's a six time all-star. He was elected in to the Major league hall of fame in 1962.