Jackie Robinson Day celebrated across baseball world
It was 67 years ago Tuesday that baseball – and the world as a whole – changed forever. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball.
— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) April 15, 2014
Jackie's impact on our society and sports is immeasurable. The majority of the sports world took to social media today to honor and thank him for what he did.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 15, 2014
Robinson's landmark career spanned 10 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 through 1956. During that time, Jackie won a World Series, hit 137 home runs and drove in 734 runs.
— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) April 15, 2014
He also earned the National League's Most Valuable Player award in 1949 and went to six All-Star games.
— NCAA (@NCAA) April 15, 2014
Before making history in pro baseball, though, Robinson was a standout, multi-sport athlete at UCLA who lettered in four sports. Not only did he play a key role for the Bruins' football program in the late 1930's, he won an NCAA outdoor track and field national championship in the long jump in 1940.
It's honor to wear the same number that Jackie Robinson wore. Changed the game and culture forever. #42
— Steven Souza Jr. (@StevenSouzaJR) April 15, 2014