Even before Jackie Robinson tried out for the Red Sox, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers was aware of him. Rickey and the Dodgers had been scouting the Negro League for talent and identified Jackie as their top candidate after seeing him play and the now famous phone conversation between Rickey and Robinson on August 28, 1945 Rickey decided that Jackie was the player for the Dodgers. Branch Rickey was vocal about why he chose Robinson to play for the Dodgers. He said that not only did Robinson have all the physical tools to play at the major league level, but that he possessed the character and restraint that would be necessary to withstand the pressures and insults that would come with the experience. And after a single season filled with racial slurs and blockades playing for the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers AAA minor league baseball club, Jackie Robinson was ready for prime time.
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