Video: Astronaut Terry Virts Honors Jackie Robinson From Space
Every April 15th, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, as that was the day that the he broke the baseball color barrier.
That was no different on Wednesday night, when the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Seattle Mariners in the ninth annual Civil Rights Game, and all the players graced Robinson’s number 42, a number that is retired throughout Major League Baseball on every other day.
Someone else also honored Robinson on Wednesday, as astronaut Terry Virts wore a Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in space:
Honoring #JackieRobinson today! #42 pic.twitter.com/4VznEC204R
— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) April 15, 2015
Virts, who is currently orbiting Earth onboard the International Space Station, also filmed a video talking about what Jackie Robinson Day means to him and why he finds Robinson so inspirational.
He talks about how he read a book about Robinson when he was a child and how impressed he was at the courage that Robinson displayed: