African American baseball legend is honored on April 15th

By: Taren Vaughan

Today we celebrate one of the most influential Major League Baseball players of all time, Jackie Robinson. Robinson became the first African American baseball player to participate in a MLB game. On April 15th, 1947, Jackie Robinson debuted as a Brooklyn Dodger. History was made during this game as the color barrier in Major League Baseball came crashing down.

Not only was Robinson influential in breaking the color lines in professional baseball, he also became the first black television analyst in professional baseball. His impact on the world of baseball was phenomenal. As a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson found much success winning the 1955 World Championship and being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Robinson’s list of accomplishments is quite long as he was so instrumental in the changes that were made to the game of baseball. Jackie Robinson, along with other baseball greats such as Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, changed the face of professional baseball forever. Thanks to Mr. Robinson, players like Ken Griffey Jr., David Justice, Kenny Lofton and Barry Bonds got the opportunity to showcase their talents in the sports world.

Numerous cities across the United States are hosting their own events in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. So take a moment today to honor the historical legacy of one of the greatest players to grace the diamond.