The MLB season is almost upon us.
Opening Day is right around the corner and teams will begin their seasons this coming Thursday.
But after the hype of Opening Day dies down a little, there comes another important day for baseball.
That day is of course Jackie Robinson Day, which is celebrated every year on April 15 to commemorate the anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier, with teams wearing his iconic No. 42 on their jerseys.
This year marks the 75th anniversary, and to celebrate that, MLB has decided to add a nice little touch to this all-important day in baseball history.
.@MLB is commemorating the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier with a twist to its annual tradition of having players/managers/coaches wear #42 on April 15: For the first time, each #42 will have Dodger blue coloring, regardless of primary team colors. pic.twitter.com/mg3lIB7nkE
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) April 4, 2022
Adding Dodger Blue
This is a nice little touch for Jackie Robinson Day.
Robinson of course played exclusively for the Brooklyn Dodgers throughout his MLB career, and it’s important to honor every bit of his legacy on this historic day.
Adding Dodger blue to the number for every team is a first and is a fun way to celebrate Robinson’s legacy.
Robinson not only broke the color barrier, but also corrected one of the game’s great mistakes.
He paved the way for other African-American athletes and gave them an opportunity to play professional sports when they otherwise would not have had that opportunity.
It also will be cool to see the Dodger blue in No. 42 blend in with jerseys that don’t typically feature blue on them, such as those of the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and several others.
It just adds a nice little touch to Jackie Robinson Day that we haven’t seen before, and this is a good way to give it more of a classic feel.