Major League Baseball on this Saturday, April 15, 2023, will once again be honoring the great American patriot, Jackie Robinson, on this yearly anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day!
Established on April 15, 2004, today is the 19th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day.
Major League Baseball honors Jackie Robinson, being the first black American allowed to play in the segregated major leagues when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers at first base on April 15, 1947.
Jackie Robinson is the only player in baseball to have his number officially retired by MLB [meaning no player can ever again where the number 42 on any team in Major League Baseball].
Every MLB player in every major league park will wearing #42, Jackie Robinson’s number that he wore with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Jackie Robinson has to be regarded as one of the top Americans who influenced civil rights in our history, along with great figures like Rosa Parks, not just for being the first black man to play Major League Baseball, but for having to endure unspeakable acts of bigotry against him for “daring” to break the color barrier in baseball. He not only endured them, but he faced them down with courage and grace, in overcoming the bigots.
My wife and I went to see the movie, “42”, a few years ago and I can report that this is a must see movie by every American. We thought it was a great moving movie that ended in applause by the entire theater and tears in many eyes [I know there were some in Sheralyn’s and my eyes]. While Jackie Robinson passed on October 24, 1972, what is great is that Jackie Robinson’s wife, the graceful Rachel Robinson is still living and getting to enjoy this celebration of her beloved Jackie.
HAPPY JACKIE ROBINSON DAY!