By Glenn Stout
Baseball Heroes is the 1st e-book within the new heart grade nonfiction sequence reliable activities, concerning the inspiring existence tales of significant league athletes who've triumph over stumbling blocks during their existence and careers. each one publication tells the tales of athletes who've encountered and conquer 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 damage via obstacles of race, ethnicity or even intercourse so as to play expert baseball. matters contain Jackie Robinson, Hank Greenburg, Fernando Valenzuela, and Ila Borders.
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A few days after the meeting he went to see the commissioner of baseball, Happy Chandler. If Chandler approved Jackie’s contract, then Jackie could play in the major leagues, no matter how the other owners felt. When Rickey asked Chandler if he would approve the contract, the commissioner responded, “I’m going to have to meet my maker someday, and if he asks me why I didn’t let this boy play and I say it’s because he’s black, that might not be a satisfactory answer. ” That was all Rickey needed to hear.
They asked the top rabbi in Detroit whether he thought Hank should play. The rabbi took the question seriously. He did some research and discovered that in the past, Jewish men had played games on Rosh Hashanah. He also concluded that the Jewish New Year was a joyous occasion that should be enjoyed and celebrated. As far as the rabbi was concerned, it would be fine for Hank to celebrate the game by helping the Tigers beat the Red Sox. He gave Hank approval to play. It probably helped that the rabbi was also a Tigers fan!
Although Fernando had pitched well in spring training, he had pitched batting practice the previous day. The Dodgers manager wasn’t even sure that Fernando would have the strength to pitch on two consecutive days. Still, Lasorda had no other choice. He went to Fernando’s locker and placed a brand-new baseball in his glove. That is sometimes the way a baseball manager lets a player know he is the starting pitcher. Lasorda hoped he was not making a mistake. He had told Fernando the day before that he might start, but now it was official.