Monday, April 15, 2013

Day 15: Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

Some folks might dread April 15th... tax day. But if you're a baseball fan, you look forward to April 15 for it's meaning. April 15, 1947, the Opening Day of that season, marked Jackie Robinson's first season in the Major Leagues. Robinson's entrance into the league with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended about 80 years of baseball segregation. Since 2004, April 15th officially commemorates his service and contribution to the game.

And best of all... every player wears #42.

In 1962, Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and his #42 became the first number universally retired across all of baseball with the only players allowed to don those digits were those already wearing it and would continue in honor of Jackie. In 2013, only Yankees closer Mariano Rivera still sports 42.

Happy Jackie Robinson Day! 

Now I just need to find a couple hours to go see the movie...

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