For this special occasion, all players and on-field personnel across the league will don No. 42 jerseys in honor of Robinson, as they have every April 15 since 2009.
70 years ago today baseball, the sports world and the country changed forever as Dodgers 2nd baseman Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first African-American player to ever take the field in a Major League game. Rachel, who is 94 years old, has remained active in promoting Jackie's legacy along with their children Sharon, David, and Jackie Jr.
The Dodgers play the Diamondbacks that day.
FILE - In this 1962 file photo, former baseball player Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, pose in their CT home in 1962.
Even on Jackie Robinson Day, a day seems hardly sufficient. "I want to get out and do more community stuff throughout the year, target the youth and let them know to not to give up on your dreams". But Jackie made it work.
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This will be the first statue at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962 and has been home to four World Series champions. "My dad was a humble person and here he is 70 years later being recognized". That includes the unveiling of a brand new bronze statue, which will be permanently displayed outside Dodger Stadium. My family watched every movie there was about Jackie Robinson.
Robinson's statue at the ballpark is the eighth of him, the most of any American athlete, according to two British researchers.
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"It's emotional", Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon said this week. An alumnus of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Matthew Robinson, will sing the National Anthem.
Despite the inauspicious debut, Robinson would play in 151 games.