Happy Jackie Robinson Day!
Today, MLB honors the life and legacy of one of the great trailblazers of not only baseball, but civil rights and social justice.
On this day 75 years ago, Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, becoming the first African-American to ever play in the league.
Robinson’s No. 42 is retired across the league by all MLB teams.
Every year on April 15, players on every MLB team wear the No. 42 to honor the legacy of one of the all-time greats.
With this being the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s special feat, No. 42 on all jerseys will be Dodger Blue, regardless of the team.
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2022
A True American Hero
It’s important that we remember what Robinson did for not just baseball, but society as well.
He led the way for African-American athletes and was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement.
He helped fix a major problem in professional sports and gave African-Americans more opportunities than they would have had otherwise.
Robinson did all of this with class and respect, all while fighting through a barrage of racism from people around the league.
Today, we honor what Robinson stood for.
He stood up to racism and did it with dignity, all while paving the way for many other African-Americans to have more opportunities in life.
Without Robinson, sports and society would be very different today.