I believe that Sharon Robinson wrote this article because she probably wanted people to know that you can overcome anything in your life no matter how difficult the situation might be.
The main of this article is how Jackie Robinson changed history because he broke through the "color barrier". I know that this is the main idea of the article because the whole story tells about how things changed when Jackie Robinson came to be the first African American Major League baseball player. In the article it says, "Baseball's "color barrier" signifies the time in American history when black- and brown-skinned ballplayers were kept out of the Majors. In 1947, my father, Jackie Robinson, broke through that barrier and opened the door for others to follow." This tells me the main idea of the article. Another reason why I know that this is the main idea of the article because in the text it says, "Fifty years later, Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life was created to help diverse students understand Jackie Robinson's legacy of change." It is telling me that Jackie Robinson made a change and because of that, things are different.
The color barrier prevented black baseball players from playing in the Majors before 1947 because things were segregated. I know this because in the article it said, "American baseball became popular during the Civil War. Briefly in the late 1800's, two black players, Bud Fowler and Moses Fleetwood Walker, played alongside whites. But by 1890, Major League Baseball, like most of America, was "segregated." Until 1947, black- and brown-skinned players were in the Negro Leagues, while whites played in the Majors." This tells me exactly why the color barrier prevented black baseball players from playing in the Majors.
Jackie Robinson's statistics at UCLA and his accomplishments with the Kansas City Monarchs were important information for Branch Rickey because it shows what kind of athlete he was. It shows personality and his important accomplishments as an athlete.
It was important to Mr. Rickey that Jackie Robinson had strength of character because he needed to know that he could handle it as an individual. Mr. Rickey knew that if Jackie fought back, they would criticize him even more. Another reason why I know that it was important to Mr. Rickey is because in the article it said, "Rickey was testing whether my father would have the strength of character to fight back with his bat rather than his fist." This is telling me exactly why it was important to Mr. Rickey.
One piece of evidence in the article that suggests that Jackie Robinson succeeded in breaking barriers in Major League Baseball was at the end of the article. It said, "As predicted, my dad played baseball against amazing odds. He fought back with perfectly times bunts, hard line drives, and stolen bases. On April 15, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson stepped onto the grass of Ebbets Field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to play 10 seasons, earning such awards as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. It took 13 long seasons before every Major League Baseball team had at least one African-American player on its roster. Today, Major League Baseball players come from around the world and continue to break barriers of culture, language, race, and religion." Although it is long, it tells me everything about how Jackie Robinson succeeded in breaking barriers in Major League Baseball.