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.