Baseball across the spectrum celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday to mark the 71st anniversary of the day Jack Roosevelt Robinson became the first African-American in the major leagues when he played his first game as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. MLB teams honored the legacy of Robinson by displaying No. 42 on the back of every game jersey and a commemorative patch on caps and jersey sleeves. Read more here. Minor league teams honored Robinson as well, including the Daytona Torgugas (Single-A, Florida State League). View photo gallery here.
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Every year on April 15 — the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in 1947 — the baseball world spends a day reinforcing the importance of that legacy by celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. In 1997, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute. Today, teams across baseball will be sporting No. 42 jerseys to honor Robinson. Read more here.
The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated as usual throughout baseball with ceremonies today. Some teams, like the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League), have had to postpone their tribute until Wednesday because of rain. Read more here.