He did it before Martin Luther had a dream. He did it before Rosa Parks refused to get up. He did it because one man had the courage to say not haveing a black man in Major League Baseball is wrong. He did it with the courage and conviction to not fight back. He did it with dignity, humility and grace. He changed how baseball was played, and how it was watched. He played with such recklessness that he earned the respect of his peers. He was rookie of the year, competed in All-Star games, won pennants and a World Series Championship. He was the pioneer of a nation of pioneers. He was Jackie Robinson, the man, the ball player, the crusader.