Most Valuable Player was conceived by Gayle Cornelison and was written by Mary Hall Surface and the original cast of the California Theatre Center. This compelling drama focuses on Robinson's personal sacrifices and triumphs as he ventures beyond the Negro League to integrate baseball without violence. Robinson overcomes threats, taunts and other forms of racism, putting aside his own pride and anger for the good of all African American players. Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey recruited Robinson challenging him to "have the guts to not fight back . . . can you conquer the enemy of prejudice with the strength of your spirit?" Robinson's courage and dignity under enormous pressure opened the gates of the ballpark for other African Americans and changed the entire nation.