Jackie Robinson, the man that changed the game.
Blessed with an athletic skillset suitable for any sport, Jackie was a four-sport letterman at UCLA. Robinson, a running back, was notably one of four black players on the 1939 UCLA football team that finished the season undefeated. Later in the collegiate calendar, he went on to win the 1940 NCAA championship in the long jump with a jump of 24’ 10 ¼” (7.58m). During his first baseball game for the Bruins in the spring of 1940, Robinson stole home twice(!) and finished the game 4-4 on the day. Needless to say, Jackie Robinson was a natural athlete.
But natural athletes come and go. Jackie was more than just an athlete. Jackie Robinson was a man. An educated man of bravery, courage, and grace. Jackie served as a second lieutenant in the army following his time at UCLA. He was a husband to his wife Rachel and a father to his children Jackie Jr., Sharon, and David.
In the face of hatred and bigotry, Jackie Robinson did what very few people ever could; he turned the other cheek while performing at a hall of fame level. He won the National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series Championship in 1955. His .409 on-base percentage ranks 35th amongst all MLB players. And of Jackie Robinson’s 197 stolen bases, he stole home plate in 19 of them.
Jackie Robinson was the player kids dream of becoming and the man, your parents hope you become.
Suppose you are interested in learning more about Jackie Robinson. In that case, we highly recommend watching the following episode of Storied as the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, shares his take on the man that broke MLB’s color barrier.
When is Jackie Robinson Day?
Jackie Robinson Day is annually celebrated across Major League Baseball on April 15. The MLB honors him because, on April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier with his historic debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The celebration is topped off by having every player and on-field personnel wear Jackie’s #42.
When did MLB start Jackie Robinson Day?
In 2004, MLB commissioner Bud Selig recognized the first league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. Teams and players around the league paid tribute to the man that broke the 80-year color barrier in Major League Baseball. Since 2004, every MLB season has dedicated April 15 to honor Jackie Robinson.
Why was it held on August 28 in 2020?
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the delayed start to the 2020 MLB season, Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated on August 28, 2020. This allowed every team to commemorate the league-wide holiday during the season. August 28 was the date chosen for two reasons. On August 28, 1945, Robinson signed his contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 18 years later, on August 28, 1963, Robinson was a participant in the social justice March on Washington.
Today We Wear 42
Our friends over at Routine have created a full lineup of clothes to honor Jackie’s game-changing legacy. The Today We Wear 42 collection is inspired by the idea of celebrating Jackie Robinson, not just on April 15, but throughout the entire year.
Routine recently launched a line on behalf of all the black men and women that formed, organized, and played in the Negro Leagues. For decades black players took the field and transformed the game forever, despite those that denied their greatness. The Kings Conquer collaboration with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a collection dedicated to honoring their legacy.
We hope you enjoyed this piece on Jackie Robinson and the legacy he left behind. We encourage all of you to continue to educate yourself on those that changed the world for the better. It’s days like April 15 that are cause for celebration as we look back on a man that left the world a better place.
Thank you, 42.