On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut, and in doing so integrated baseball for good. Robinson faced opposition, turmoil, and hatred during his career in the majors, but persevered through it all, winning Rookie of the Year in his first season, MVP in his third and a World Series in his ninth. Despite starting his MLB career far later than most, Robinson would prove himself to be one of the greatest players in baseball history and would be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Every April 15, MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day by having every player in the league wear his universally-retired No. 42. MLB players, coaches and teams chose to pay tribute to Robinson in other ways as well.
Got you tatted for a reason. Beyond grateful for your heroic presence through dark times. Your sacrifices allowed me to play the game I love today. Forever thankful for you. Thank you Jackie! #JackieRobinsonDay 🖤 pic.twitter.com/x4zc6PQgXZ— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 15, 2021
Letters to Jackie ✍️— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) April 15, 2021
We owe everything to 42. pic.twitter.com/AuH3KFijdZ
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) April 15, 2021
Looking around the game today, it is clear how many lives you impacted. Thank you Jackie. pic.twitter.com/qXqE5pYEHg
We owe so much of this game to the great Jackie Robinson. He broke barriers so we could compete at the highest level. A legend, an icon, a trailblazer. 74 years ago to infinity. Thank you for everything, 42 🙏🏾✊🏾 #JackieRobinsonDay— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) April 15, 2021
"Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42, so nobody can tell us apart." #JackieRobinsonDay— Ryan Weathers (@RyanDWeathers25) April 15, 2021