Major League Baseball Honors Jackie Robinson Day

Major League Baseball has officially designated April 15th as Jackie Robinson Day in memory and appreciation of the anniversary of the breaking of the color barrier in professional baseball.

To honor the enduring impact of Jackie Robinson and his legacy, Major League Baseball has established April 15 as "Jackie Robinson Day" throughout the Major Leagues.

"I have often stated that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field," said Commissioner Bud Selig. "On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime. Fifty years after that historic event, in April 1997, I was proud to join Rachel Robinson and President Bill Clinton at Shea Stadium to honor Jackie by retiring his uniform number 42 in perpetuity. By establishing April 15 as 'Jackie Robinson Day' throughout Major League Baseball, we are further ensuring that the incredible contributions and sacrifices he made -- for baseball and society -- will not be forgotten."

At every ballpark hosting Jackie Robinson Day (except at Wrigley Field), a special video tribute to Robinson created by Major League Baseball Productions will be played during pre-game ceremonies. In addition, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars will participate in pre-game ceremonies at many of the 13 ballparks.


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