Jackie Robinson Day 2022: How the sports world honors the MLB icon | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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As the MLB lockdown began to threaten the early part of the 2022 schedule, one of the biggest concerns was the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, which takes place every April 15 to honor the legacy of the man who broke the league color barrier.

Each year, MLB players wear the number 42 in memory of Robinson, who played the first Hall of Fame game of his career on April 15, 1947. This year’s event had added significance as 75th anniversary of its groundbreaking achievement.

MLB @MLB

42 is more than a number. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/TYNaFAY2cz

The league and Players Association reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement after 99 days, which saw Jackie Robinson Day return to center stage on Friday.

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to Robinson, who died in 1972:

barack obama @barack obama

On the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, we remember her groundbreaking career and legacy that paved the way for so many who would follow, including me. pic.twitter.com/U4CHJN2WNG

Longtime MLB outfielder Doug Glanvillewho now works as an ESPN analyst, explained the importance of ensuring that Robinson’s story continues to be passed on to future generations.

“It’s one of the greatest American stories of all time, but like any story, over time it can fade,” Granville wrote in a Friday post. “A big step in keeping it alive is sharing it with children young enough to be its great-great-grandchildren.”

The league teamed up with New York, where Robinson played his entire MLB career as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to kick off the celebration Friday morning by renaming 42nd Street Jackie Robinson Way for the day:

MLB @MLB

Today, 42nd Street belongs to Jackie. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/GQKJBakAcR

The New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks, who played the first game of the day, both showed off their jerseys for the occasion:

New York food @Dishes

4️⃣2️⃣ #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/BSY2GCQsF7

Arizona Diamonds @Returns

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the day he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, we celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. #JackieRobinsonDay pic.twitter.com/qykkQ8ebN1

All Friday uniforms featured No. 42 in Dodger Blue, regardless of the team’s color scheme, as a special tribute to the 75th anniversary.

Here’s a look at some of Robinson’s other celebrations and memorabilia from MLB, the sports world and the internet:

MLB Network @MLB Network

Harold Reynolds met @BillClintonSpike Lee, @BoJacksonKen Griffey Jr. and Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig to discuss the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s groundbreaking debut. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/1QAEn61E3u

Hunter Greene @HunterGreene17

Good day Jackie Robinson ✊🏾 I need a ROLL CALL! All African American boys and girls across the United States, I’m calling on you and your leagues to flood my account today showing your faces or your team photo (no video please ). Show that you exist and that you want to play baseball! pic.twitter.com/NJBFXjCAGC

Houston Astros @astros

Thank you, Jackie. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/9PsdOfZAqE

New York Yankees @Yankees

On the 75th anniversary of his Major League debut, we celebrate the life, legacy and impact of Jackie Robinson on not only baseball but also the world. #Jackie42 #JackieRobinsonDay pic.twitter.com/S0XDQv7KKF

ESPN @ESPN

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier, ESPN is releasing “Jackie 75” in honor of Robinson’s legacy.

Naismith Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson reflects on Robinson’s impact on his NBA career. #BlackHistoryAlways

(via @FirstTake) pic.twitter.com/meAOM6rwre

MLB game day @TheGameDayMLB

It’s only fitting that Marcus Stroman gets the nod for Jackie Robinson Day. Take a look at his legend tattoo 😮 pic.twitter.com/xp2DnjBWYH

Pittsburgh Pirates @pirate

Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier 75 years ago today.

We are proud to join all of MLB in honoring his incredible legacy and impact on and off the field.#Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/vtsZxI50hg

Cincinnati Reds @Reds

April 15, 2007: Ken Griffey Jr. dons No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson after receiving consent from then-commissioner Bud Selig and Robinson’s widow, Rachel. Selig then encourages all players to join in the tribute. #Jackie42 #RedsVault

More : https://t.co/RfRiydynP4 pic.twitter.com/eldQ2GMprQ

Bally Sports Cleveland @BallySportsCLE

Myles Straw and a few others @CleGuardians pay tribute to Larry Doby and Jackie Robinson with custom cleats tonight.#ForTheLand | #Jackie42 | @DreKnott pic.twitter.com/V0scpJWjsM

Mike Trout @MikeTrout

#JackieRobinsonDay FOR ALL TIME pic.twitter.com/b9tD6tXaTt

Cut4 @Cut4

Today, on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, we celebrate Jackie’s legacy and the path he blazed for himself and others in baseball and beyond. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/yux134K7T6

Cut4 @Cut4

.@Lindor12BC got ready for Jackie Robinson Day. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/D5uYY3xY1Y

Robinson won MLB Rookie of the Year in 1947 and National League MVP awards in 1949, and he earned six All-Star selections during a decorated career that also included championship capture. of the 1955 World Series with the Dodgers.

The Georgia native, who served in the U.S. military before his baseball career, continued to champion racial equality after his playing career ended in 1956.

He gave a speech before throwing out the first pitch in Game 2 of the 1972 World Series, less than two weeks before he died of a heart attack at the age of 53.

“I am extremely proud and happy to be here this afternoon, but I have to admit that I will be enormously happier and prouder if I ever watch this third line of base coaches and see a black face handle in baseball”, Robinson
said.

In 1975, Cleveland hired Frank Robinson as MLB’s first black manager. But nearly five decades later, the 2022 season opened with just two black managers: Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This underscores the need for continued work to honor Jackie Robinson’s legacy in the years to come.

Neal T. Doss