Jackie Robinson Day 2022 — Tributes from around MLB to the 75th anniversary Robinson’s debut

Jackie Robinson's legacy has influenced Major League Baseball for 75 years, 75 years after breaking the league's colour barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson was a star from his first step on the field. He excelled in spite of the hate and abuse from fellow players and fans. Robinson's number was officially retired by baseball in 1997. 42 across the league in 1997. In 2004, the league established Jackie Robinson Day to honor Robinson's memory on the 15th anniversary of his debut on April 15, 1947. Players, managers, umpires and all other personnel wear No. 42 is worn by all players, managers, umpires and officials every April 15th. pays tribute to RobinsonEach in its own way.

This year marks the 75th anniversary Robinson's opening day. It is an exceptional year. On one of the most important days in baseball's history, we'll be paying tribute to players from all over the league. But before we get into that, be sure to check out our top Jackie Robinson stories.

Robinson's story is still relevant“Robinson spent much of his later years weaving his influence into other areas in American life. He did not intend to stop the progress at first, and his post-baseball efforts became an extension of that Hall of Fame career. These efforts hit the conscience of both the political elite and of the institutions of power, including MLB. writes Doug Glanville.

Robinson, how great was that?He was not the Negro Leagues' biggest star. He didn't consider baseball his favorite sport. Seventh best. Jackie Robinson's numbers were amazing, more so than you may realize. David Schoenfield breaks it all down. Read more.

Continuing Robinson's legacyAfter an all-time record 18.7% in 1981, 7.2% of Major League Baseball Players on 2022 Opening Day are Black. Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Andersonand the second baseman Josh HarrisonThe only Black double-play combo in the majors, explains how they are trying to increase Black representation. Read more.

“Jackie to Me!”We talked to Robinson's 75th birthday celebrations to find out who is still inspired and influenced by his legacy. Oscar Robertson, Billie Jean King, Jesse Jackson, Chuck D, Willie O'ReeMore.

Why Robinson's story is still relevant:Each time No. Every time No. 42's story is told to a different generation, it keeps the lessons that he taught alive. Doug Glanville writes about Jackie’s lasting legacy. Read more.

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Robinson's legacy extends beyond baseball. Kevin DurantThis was said Thursday.


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