Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball, breaking the color barrier and changing the game – and history – forever.


Donning the uniform of the then Brooklyn Dodgers, thanks to the genius of General Manager Branch Rickey, Robinson’s number 42 became forever hallowed in baseball lore.
Retired from baseball in 1997, minus those players currently wearing it, every major league player now traditionally dons a uniform flashing his number 42 each April 15 to honor Robinson and celebrate his memory and profound effects on the game of baseball.

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