April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day, a chance for baseball fans everywhere to honor a hero.
Today marks 64 years since Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and in doing so became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Robinson, a supremely talented infielder who played in six World Series and helped the Dodgers win a title in 1955, made his historical debut in 1947. In 1962 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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The Dodgers, who have since moved to Los Angeles, will pay tribute with a series of commemorative ceremonies and a panel discussion about his effects on baseball and society. Baseball players across the country will wear his retired number 42 in a show of respect for his contributions to the sport.
Major League Baseball chose to celebrate the eighth annual Jackie Robinson Day with the launch of their new website “Iam42“, a digital campaign to honor his impact. MLB Network plans to air a documentary on Sunday called “Letters From Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson.” Today they feature the film’s preview on their website.
NewsFeed admires his impact and wishes everyone a happy Jackie Robinson Day.
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