From Dodger Stadium all the way to Fenway Park tributes through out Major League Baseball were held in order to honor Jackie Robinson and his legacy.
Video tributes and on-field celebrations were happening at every ballpark through out the country.
Also in honor of Jackie Robinson all uniformed personnel including players, managers, coaches and even umpires sported the Number 42 on their jerseys today in recognition of Jackie Robinson. This was done in order to remember the day Robinson first stepped onto the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 making today his 65th anniversary. It was April 15, 1947 when the young kid who grew in in Pasadena, attended Muir High School, Pasadena City College and UCLA made his Major League Debut.
Jackie Robinson played his entire major league career for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He lead them to six National League championships during his 10 seasons and in 1955 he led them to their only World Series championship in Brooklyn.
Robinson’s successful integration of Major League Baseball is credited with helping change Americans’ attitudes toward blacks and being a catalyst toward later civil rights advances.
In a time when race was an issue, Jackie Robinson was more than just a black baseball player, he was an influence that reflected positivity. Robinson’s successful integration into what was mainly a white dominated sport helped change America’s attitude toward blacks. He was a representation that an athlete should be judged by his performance on and off the pitch, not by the color of his skin.
Another Hall of Famer by the name of Reggie Jackson, joined Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, at a youth clinic in a park where the old Yankee Stadium stood. Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s wife, and her family were due to take part in a tribute across the street Sunday night before the Angels played the Yankees.
April 15 truly is a special day not only for Major League Baseball but for the Unites States of America as well.
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