Teammates By Peter Golenbock Illustrated by Paul Bacon Genre :
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Illustrated by Paul Bacon
“Teammates” is a biography that shows the courage of three men: Jackie Robinson, who became the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues; Branch Rickey, who hired Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Pee Wee Reese, who befriended Robinson and risked the rejection of his teammates and fans. This inspirational story sets an emotional scene as it relates how Jackie Robinson blazed the trail for African-American athletes in major league baseball. “Teammates” deals with the issues of segregation and prejudice.
apathetic-not interested; does not care
Many people were apathetic about racial problems.
Laws against segregation did not exist in the 1940’s.
Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson were starting on what would be known in history as “the great experiment.”
The negro league had extraordinary players, and adoring fans came to see them wherever they played.
Initially, life with the Dodgers was for Jackie a series of humiliations.
He would have to possess the self-control not to fight back when opposing players tried to intimidate or hurt him.