Jackie Robinson Day: The Celebration Goes On

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped across the foul line in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform to become the first black player in Major League Baseball in the modern era. He went on to win the very first Rookie of the Year award that season. Beginning on April 15, 2004, all players, coaches, and umpires in the MLB would wear number 42 with no name on the back of their jersey. Today, April 15 is now  Jackie Robinson Day. It is a day to honor Robinson and what he meant to not only the game of baseball, but to the American public as well.

Today is April 15; today is Jackie Robinson Day. Even with no games, the MLB is still doing their part to honor Mr. Robinson.


There will be no players wearing 42 on the field today. However, the celebration must still go on. Major League Baseball has many different ways to celebrate Jackie Robinson today if you wish to participate. Items include…

    1. Jackie Robinson Virtual Learning Hub, where the Jackie Robinson Foundations has launched a series of educational activities for students k-12
    2. MLB.com will be streaming 12 hours of Robinson related content that started at 7am this morning
    3. MLB Network will be showing similar coverage with a guest appearance from Ken Griffey Jr. discussing Robinson’s legacy
    4. Kid’s content centered around Robinson, items like word searches and crossword puzzles
    5. And finally, each team has their own Jackie Robinson Day activities, so be sure to check your favorite team’s social media for a guide for the day

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, today is a day to honor a great man and his family in the game of baseball. Even without baseball, the celebration must go on and I am very happy to see the MLB do their part. Robinson is more than just a baseball player, he was an American hero and civil rights leader. His accomplishments on and off the field will continue to be a part of our game and our world.

-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)

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