This chapter describes the events that transpired and the people that made it possible to breach the color line. Two persons, half a continent apart, are credited for making such a breach—Jack Roosevelt Robinson and Wesley Branch Rickey. In the guise of forming the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers, Rickey scouted for a black baseball player who would breach the color bar and he found Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs. This chapter describes Robinson's early beginnings in baseball. When he arrived in Brooklyn, Robinson was surprised to find out he was to play for the Montreal Royals. The announcement of his signing with the Montreals was easily the top sports story of the year. As expected, the news was greeted by misgivings and disbelief.
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