Every year, on April 15, MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, a special occasion in which teams and players honor the feats and achievements of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier back in 1947.
Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated at MLB ballparks, and on that one day, players, coaches, and managers on every team, as well as the umpires, all wear Robinson’s uniform number, 42.
The date was appointed at April 15 because that was Opening Day in 1947, when Robinson’s name was first seen in an MLB lineup after starring in the Negro Leagues.
Two prominent members of the New York Mets are celebrating the day with some special cleats, per MLB.com’s beat writer for the Mets Anthony DiComo.
“These are the cleats that Robinson Canó and Pete Alonso will wear tomorrow for Jackie Robinson Day. Canó’s were inspired by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ cream-colored jerseys, while Alonso’s combine elements of Ebbets Field, Trolley Dodgers, the 7 Line, and Mets colors,” DiComo tweeted on Thursday, with a picture of the cleats.
These are the cleats that Robinson Canó and Pete Alonso will wear tomorrow for Jackie Robinson Day.
Canó’s were inspired by the Brooklyn Dodgers' cream-colored jerseys, while Alonso's combine elements of Ebbets Field, Trolley Dodgers, the 7 Line, and Mets colors.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 15, 2022
Links Between The Mets And Robinson’s Former Team
There are some links between the Mets and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team that Robinson played for during his entire major league career, one that lasted until 1956.
The Mets were one of MLB’s first expansion teams, and were founded in 1962 as a way to replace New York’s departed National League teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.
The Dodgers, before relocating to Los Angeles, existed well before the Mets.
The Mets, however, play in the Queens borough, while the Dodgers played in Brooklyn, a different borough.
In any case, Robinson became a star in New York back in the day after having to go through lots of suffering, pain, and humiliation, and two current Mets’ stars are paying a tribute to him.