On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson created sports history when he became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Since 2004, the MLB has honored Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier with a tradition that continued once again this year.
MLB Communications provided a picture on Twitter of the logo teams would feature in their ballparks throughout the day.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) April 14, 2016
It was also announced that players across the league would wear Robinson’s No. 42 on their jerseys. Even though the number is retired across the league, baseball makes an exception for Jackie Robinson Day in honor of one of sport’s most memorable pioneers.
The New York Yankees were one of the teams to showcase their jerseys prior to Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell also provided a picture of shoes that Adidas-sponsored players would wear to commemorate the occasion.
Adidas giving these Jackie Robinson cleats to their players for Jackie Robinson Day (4/15) pic.twitter.com/YJpxrDTemj
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 7, 2016
Aside from breaking the color barrier, Robinson was also a great player, walking away from the game with a career .311 batting average and six All-Star appearances.
His wife Rachel and daughter Sharon will be featured during an on-field ceremony at Dodger Stadium. Ballpark will also feature commemorative bases and lineup cards.
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