Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1
I obviously wouldn't say that but Josh Gibson really wanted to be the first Negro League player to break the barrier but baseball waited until they found the right man which Robinson obviously was but at the same time is it really right to pick Robinson over Gibson. Gibson was going to be called up in the early 40's but baseball decided to pass on him. Jackie Robinson never payed very much respect to those veteran Negro Leaguers. Maybe because he figured they were jealous of him and maybe Robinson didn't realize he was slightng them but alot of those guys did feel slighted. It's kinda like how a guy at work gets a promotion and everyone is clapping their hands for him but in the background they are saying he didn't deserve this.
Its possible that you're correct. However, if this is true it only serves to provide further justification to the selection of Robinson over these other players. The inability, or unwillingness, to derive joy from the successes of others can be a reflection of selfishness or immaturity; the very type of character traits that may have resulted in the type of incident or conduct that the "fist black ballplayer" needed to avoid during the early years of integration.