CLEVELAND – April 15 marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 at Ebbets Field.
To honor his time in the MLB as the first African American baseball player in the modern era, both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers are sporting the number 42 on their jerseys on Saturday at Progressive Field.
Robinson went 0-for-3 with a run scored in his first professional game. During his tenure with the Dodgers, Robinson batted .311 with 1,518 hits, 137 home runs and 734 RBIs. He was a six-time All-Star, 1949 MLB Rookie of the Year, 1949 National League MVP and was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 with a 77.5% vote (first ballot).
April 15 has been recognized by Major League Baseball as a commemorative date since 2004 before the league-wide tradition of wearing the same numbered jerseys began in 2009.
The Tribe is 7-4 on Jackie Robinson Day and won five consecutive contests between 2009-2016 (did not play on date in 2013 or 2014).