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Personal Best: Revising and Editing 124 The color barrier that had kept major league sports white-only did not fall in baseball until 1947, when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers brought up Jackie Robinson from the minor lea- gues. Facing down hostility and prejudice with dignity and superb playing, Robinson was named Rookie of the Year. The way was opened for black athletes who have since enriched professional sports. Nonetheless, it was not until 1966 that an African-American became the coach of a major United States professional sports team. The man was Bill Russell, and the team was the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. In 1968 and 1969, the Celtics won the NBA championship with Russell as player-coach. As a full-time player, the six-foot nine-inch center led the Celtics to eight straight NBA championships from 1959 to 1966. He was voted the lea- gue's most valuable player five times. Write Angles There's such a thing as too much elaboration. You're under no obligation to include everything you found. Don't beat the topic to death. Little Things Matter a Lot: Revise Punctuation