Did Jackie Robinson Really Break Baseball's Color Barrier?

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Author's Note: Did Jackie Robinson really break baseball's color barrier?

It's hard to hit a baseball. In my humble opinion -- and as someone who has never been able to do it well -- hitting is the most difficult task in sports. At the Major League level, a "good" hitter hits about .300, meaning he gets a hit only three out of 10 times. In other words, a good hitter fails in 70 percent of his trips to the plate. Robinson hit .311 for his career. While his achievement in breaking the color barrier cannot be understated, neither can the man's sheer athletic ability.

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