All throughout Major League Baseball today, players will donning the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.

On this day 67 years ago, Robinson became the first black man to participate in an MLB game when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since that iconic day, Robinson cemented himself in baseball history by being extremely successful and setting a standard for black ballplayers to follow.

His handling of the adversity and racism during his tenure with the Dodgers proved to future generations that they could be a professional ballplayer and handle anything that comes with the honor. In the 1954 and 1955 seasons, Robinson was joined on the Dodgers by a future manager that would lead the team to two World Series titles. Tommy Lasorda was a pitcher for the team and saw firsthand the type of man Robinson was.

Lasorda took some time to discuss Robinson and his legacy on the anniversary of his historic day.

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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