By focusing on Jackie Robinson's rise to the major leagues, I suggest that the integration of baseball preceded the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because of: economics; the impact of World War II,; the black press; the socialist press; the Great Migration; and the success of other black athletes. Integration was originally maintained and able to flourish because of the role of Commissioner "Happy" Chandler and the effect of Brown vs. Board. I also explore the pace of integration for basketball and football.
Yanora, Mercedes. "Baseball: Leading Off for Integration." Student essay. Saint Joseph's University, 2012. Print.