Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Jackie Robinson's feat actually helped integrate all sports, not just baseball, including college sports. He was the perfect guy for it. For instance Barry Bonds nor Ken Griffey Jr could have been Jackie Robinson. They would have gotten into fights, pouted etc. And this wasn't affirmative action either. This guy earned his promotion with his baseball talent.
As far as pro sports go Marion Motley predates Jackie as the post war integrator and Fritz Pollard predates both of them. But baseball was on a bigger stage then. However Jackie didn't go it alone in 1947, 4 other black men played MLB that season.