Part of the reason that Jackie Robinson is considered the first black player in Major League Baseball is because Major League Baseball did not begin until 1903. Before this, there were a few other leagues (National League, American League, American Association, National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs), two of which (National League and American League) thatjoined together to create the MLB. Therefore, Jackie Robinson is technically the first black person to play Major League Baseball. There were black people that played in a predominantly white league before, but not in the MLB. One guy who should get more recognition though is Larry Doby. He started playing in the MLB only a few days after Jackie Robinson. Doby was the first black player in the American League, with the Cleveland Indians. I think that if they are going to recognize Jackie Robinson like they do, Larry Doby should recieve the same recognition.