The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to honor the great Jackie Robinson’s 70th anniversary of breaking the color barrier during Saturday night’s game. The team will be releasing a bronze Jackie Robinson statue that will be placed outside of Dodger Stadium. Jackie Robinson is the true definition of the American dream and is the staple of Major League Baseball.
Since 2004, MLB players have substituted their numbers to wear the No.42 on this glorious day. Without Robinson, there would be no Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Roberto Alomar, and many more.
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2017
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder Yasiel Puig shared their appreciation to social media.
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) April 15, 2017
And so did Willie Calhoun…
Thank you #42 for allowing me to make these friendships that I have made through this game of baseball ?? #JackieRobinsonDay
— June Calhoun (@11WillieCalhoun) April 15, 2017
Many African-American players such as Curtis Granderson shared their thoughts about what it means to them to play in Major League Baseball.
“I get to hit the field with a talented and diverse group of individuals, to play a game I love in front of a diverse crowd of fans, and all because Jackie Robinson had the courage to go first,” said Curtis Granderson to ESPN.com.
— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) April 15, 2017
— Tim Anderson Jr. (@TimAnderson7) April 15, 2017
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) April 15, 2017
Jackie Robinson is honored everyday in my book but today is an extra special day in baseball history.