Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson (Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

Jackie Robinson Day is a traditional event that occurs annually on April 15 in Major League Baseball, commemorating and honoring the day Robinson made his major league debut.

Date: Wednesday, April 15
Significance: Honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson
Observed by: Major League Baseball
Observances: All players and umpires wear uniform number 42

WHO STARTED JACKIE ROBINSON DAY?

Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig officially stated the Jackie Robinson Day would occur annually on April 15 in 2005. The league-wide donning of No. 42 jerseys began in 2009 and has been a tradition ever since. Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano: “Jackie is my hero.”

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE JACKIE ROBINSON DAY?

April 15 marks Jackie Robinson Day, a day in which every Major League Baseball (MLB) team honors the first player to break the sport’s color barrier after decades of segregation. … Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

WHY IS MLB WEARING NUMBER 42 TODAY?

Jackie Robinson Day across the MLB. … Robinson’s No. 42 is the only number to be retired across baseball. Since 2009, MLB honored Robinson on the anniversary of his debut by having all players and staff wear his number, hence the matching uniform numbers every year across baseball.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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