On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers broke the baseball color line. For 80 years, African American players were not allowed to play Major League Baseball. For his actions, he was cruelly threatened by spectators, rival players, and even fellow teammates. Through it all, Robinson bore it up with grace and dignity. His bravery in the face of vile racism opened the door for the desegregation of all sports, where players are judged by their athleticism and not the color of their skin.
Major League Baseball has since retired Robinson’s number, 42, for all teams. April 15 has also been declared Jackie Robinson Day. Every player will take the field wearing “42”.