Jackie Robinson Steals Home During the 1955 World Series
Once a year the world of baseball has a day solely dedicated to the celebration of Jackie Robinson’s great legacy. On this day in 1948, Robinson became the first African American player to play in a Major League game. In that moment the color barrier, that had plagued the sport since its inception, took its first step in coming to an end.
Without this event, baseball would be a very different sport. We may have never been able to see many great players such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffy Jr who left lasting impacts on the sport. Jackie’s bravery and passion forever improved the game and allowed it to become the worldwide phenomenon that it is today.
On top of being instrumental to the moral fiber of the league, Jackie was a fantastic baseball player. The play above is the best example of his outstanding athletic ability. Most commonly a player will attempt to steal second base since it is the longest throw for the catcher to make. Giving the runner the greatest amount of time to reach second. Over his ten year career Jackie Robinson had a 87% success rate when stealing a base. For a player to even be considered an average base stealer they need at least a 66% success rate. Jackie’s elite base-running ability allowed him to execute one of the most difficult and exciting plays in baseball, the stealing home plate.
In the video you can see Jackie getting a read on the pitcher’s windup before taking a large lead off third base. In the same time that it took for the pitcher to get the ball to the plate, Robinson was able to sprint ninety feet and touch the plate right under Yogi Berra’s tag. To make this play even more exciting, Jackie pulled off this risky maneuver during the 1955 World Series. Attempting to spark a comeback versus their cross town rival Yankees. Baseball fans, and fans of sports everywhere owe more than just their thank’s to Jackie Robinson for his contributions on and off the diamond.
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