Today marks the day that Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier 67 years ago.
For the sixth year in a row all major league baseball players and on-field personnel will wear the number 42 in celebration of Jackie Robinson day. Pre-game ceremonies will take place in baseball stadiums all over the country along with a special celebration featuring the families of Jackie Robinson and nelson Mandela at Yankee stadium.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black man to integrate major league baseball in America. Robinson was recruited by branch Rickey, the owner of the dodgers and the Montreal royals. Robinson was already a star on the field of the Kansas City monarchs. He was headed for more Negro league exhibition games against the white major league players when Rickey was looking to integrate the team.
In 2013 the biographical feature film 42 starring Chadwick Boseman introduced new generations to Jackie Robinson’s battles with racism in major league baseball.
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