Yesterday was Jackie Robinson day in Major League Baseball. All the players wore the number 42 in honor of Robinson. Here’s a little background (courtesy of Wikipedia) on Robinson for those of you that wanted to know why MLB has a Jackie Robinson day.
Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American baseball player who became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. As the first major league team to play a black man since the 1880s, the Dodgers ended racial segregation that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues for six decades. The example of Robinson’s character, his use of nonviolence, and his unquestionable talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation, which then marked many other aspects of American life, and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.
I never got to see Jackie play. I know he was an excellent second baseman and put up incredible Hall of Fame numbers during his 10 years in the majors. He is most famous for being the first African-American player but he was always equal if not better than those playing at that time. Thank you Jackie for having the courage to be the first.