Think about what it would be like to be the first one to do something that no one had been permitted to do before. Imagine how it felt to be called names and threatened, all for wanting to play a sport! Jackie Robinson exhibited a great deal of courage when he undertook to correct an injustice in America's favorite pastime. Before Robinson stepped up to home plate in 1947, African Americans were not allowed to play on the same baseball teams as white players. There were Negro leagues in which black teams competed against each other and Major leagues with all-white teams. Research more about this historic event with books, videos, or visit the Jackie Robinson Society at www.utexas.edu/students/jackie.