Owen made the best of whatever hand life

Owen AspeyMrs. Zvonek   Jackie Robinson”Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” “The Noble Experiment” was a story about a great man named Jackie Robinson.  Over the course of his life, he accomplished many things and always made the best of whatever hand life dealt him.  He didn’t listen to the people who told him he couldn’t do it.  He saw life through the lens of possibility. First, Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919.  As a child, Jackie Robinson always wanted to play for the Major Leagues, but he thought he wasn’t able to because of the color of his skin.  Never-the-less, young Jackie never gave up on that dream.  His career was launched with a man named Branch Rickey.  Mr. Rickey wanted to stop segregation in baseball.  His experiment was to hire a black player, or black players, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The Red Soxs were holding a tryout and Jackie Robinson was invited, however, they only hosted it because they were forced to.  The Red Soxs never even considered Robinson because of his race.   Next, Jackie Robinson realized that Mr. Rickey wanted him to play for the National League Dodgers not the Negro League Dodgers.  There was no way to CAMOUFLAGE Jackie amongst the team because of his skin color.  Mr. Rickey warned him that people would boo at him and make racist comments.  They would make vicious INSINUATIONS, and Jackie would have to be able to look past it and ignore them.  They would SPECULATE bad things about him because he was African American, and they would judge him SHREWDLY.  Mr. Rickey encouraged Jackie not to be  DISILLUSIONED when the fans were jerks. He feared that if Robinson wasn’t the right guy, the vicious comments would INTEGRATE into his soul, and he would break.  Luckily, Rickey chose wisely. Robinson was the right guy.  At first Rickey had him play for Montreal, a farm team for the Dodgers. On his first game he CAPITALIZED with an amazing performance.  He went 4-for-5, hit a 3 run home run, scored 4 runs, had two stolen bases and forced two balks.  They won the game definitively against the Giants 14-1.  Over the course of the year, Jackie earned a .349 batting average (that’s better than Bryce Harper, in the 2017 season) and the title of International League Batting Champion.  His team finished the year winning The Little World Series and he was moved up to the Majors.   Lastly, on April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to ever play Major League Baseball.  He was graceful under pressure. He never RETALIATED against racist comments or TAUNTS.  He was a player of great ELOQUENCE.  When Robinson joined the League, he become a legend and an inspiration to the world.  His story came to an end when he died on October 24, 1972 at the age of 53 from a heart attack.   All in all, the story of Jackie Robinson proves you can do anything you want in life, you just have to work hard.  He never gave up on his dreams of baseball and in the end he accomplished what he set out to do in life.