He was clear, too, about the dangers that lie ahead for the first black player in the major leagues: the beanballs, the intentional spiking, and the racial taunts that would make any man, let alone one with the fiery, competitive spirit of Robinson, want to unload on his tormentors with unleashed fury.
He did not retaliate, and he did not walk away, despite the racial taunts, the beanballs, the spikings, and even the death threats that arrived with the daily mail, threatening not only Robinson, but in some cases, his wife and infant son as well.
The rookie, thrown out of the game by plate umpire Angel Hernandez, said the back-back beanballs were unintentional.
Only one man knows if yesterday's beanballs were intentional, Youkilis added, and that is Chamberlain.
Some have even suggested that violence is good as long as it does not go too far, while others have argued that the fighting and slashing in ice hockey, spearing and late hits in football, and beanballs
in baseball are already too harmful (Croakley, 1986).
But here's a guess: In baseball, the most conservative of America's four major sports, beanballs
would come hard, fast, and straight for the head.
It was Robinson, not Rickey, who had to learn to hit the major-league curveball, who had to learn to go to his right on a ground ball, who had to cope with the beanballs
and the spikings, who suffered the humiliations and received the death threats.(2) It took Robinson, not Rickey, to implement Rickey's scheme for integrating major-league baseball.
"Riggleman Backs Away from any Part of Beanballs
." 14 July 1997, Sec.