Dodgers: 75 Years Ago, Jackie Robinson Changed History
It’s a special day around Major League Baseball. The celebration of Jackie Robinson Day around the sport is always something to look forward to, and 2022 is just that much more special. Dodgers fans and baseball fans in general are celebrating the 75th anniversary of Jackie breaking the color barrier this year.
MLB changed things up for the anniversary, adding the Dodgers’ iconic blue number to the jerseys of teams around baseball, all of which will be wearing number 42.
As part of the celebration, the Dodgers will also hold a team talk by Jackie’s statue at the stadium this afternoon. That talk will feature the players as well as Dave Roberts, Rachel Robinson, and Jackie’s son David. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars will also be in attendance for that talk.
42 is more than a number. #Jackie42 pic.twitter.com/TYNaFAY2cz
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2022
Jackie broke into the league with the Dodgers during the 1945 season. That year, he hit .297 and won the Rookie of the Year Award. That all came amid backlash and a whole lot of hate from baseball fans around the country after Robinson became the first player to break the color barrier in baseball.
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Two years later, Jackie won the MVP award with the Dodgers. He helped lead them to the 1955 World Series win near the end of his career and retired from baseball following the 1956 season.
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