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Celebrate the Legacy of Jackie Robinson

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Baseball Players on Baseball field wearing #42 jersey in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Did you know?

April 15, 2022 marks 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier.

Starting in 2004, MLB officially began recognizing April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day, taking time to honor Robinson’s life and legacy on the field prior to every game. In 2007, Ken Griffey, Jr.—one of the biggest stars in baseball at the time—asked the Commissioner’s office for special permission to wear 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, to honor Robinson further. Commissioner Bud Selig loved the idea so much, other teams were encouraged to allow players to don the number as well. In 2009, every player, coach and even the umpires, wore 42 to honor Jackie, which is still the case today.

All proceeds from merchandise sold go to the
Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The Jackie Robinson Museum

The Jackie Robinson Museum

The Jackie Robinson Museum celebrates the enduring legacy of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century.

Who is
Jackie Robinson?

Explore the groundbreaking moments in the lifetime of Jackie Robinson, the man who changed history on the ball field and beyond.

  • 1947

    Shattering The Color Barrier

    Jackie Robinson makes his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player in modern baseball history.

  • 1949

    Jackie Robinson Named NL MVP

    Jackie Robinson named MLB National League Most Valuable Player.

  • 1962

    Hall of Fame Induction

    Jackie Robinson is officially inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

  • 1997

    #42 Retired

    Major League Baseball celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic entry into baseball during a nationally televised ceremony at Shea Stadium. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said, “Number 42 belongs to Jackie Robinson for the ages.”

  • 2003

    Congressional Honors

    The Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award bestowed by Congress, is awarded to Jackie Robinson. In addition, Robinson was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award by President Ronald Reagan on March 26, 1984.

To Educate, Inspire & Challenge

Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation administers one of the nation’s premier scholarship and leadership development programs for minority college students. With the opening in 2022 of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City, JRF will inspire and challenge the general public around the ideals embodied in the legacy of its namesake.

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
Jackie Robinson

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