Monday, 15 April 2013

MLB commemorating and honors 'Jackie Robinson Day' as players wears number '42'

MLB commemorating and honors 'Jackie Robinson Day' as players wears number '42', Today is "Jackie Robinson Day" in Major League Baseball, as it marks the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson stepping onto a Major League Baseball field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. This weekend was also the premiere of the movie "42," the story of Jackie Robinson, which reported box office receipts of $27M on its first weekend. The film was awarded a rare A+ rating, according to Reuters, in a polling by survey firm CinemaScore. Critics also gave "42" high marks, with 75 percent recommending the movie among reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

Why was that such a big deal?

Because Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player of the modern era in 1947. On "Jackie Robinson Day," every Major League Baseball Player will wear the number "42" on this day each year. Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated each year on that day. In addition, Jackie Robinson's number "42" is the first number to be retired throughout baseball, meaning no player can wear that number. Except, of course, on April 15 of each year.

The day in honor of Jackie Robinson and the impact he made not only on baseball, but the major impact made on America and racial fairness. This day is a traditional event which occurs annually in Major League Baseball, commemorating and honoring the day Jackie Robinson made his major league debut. April 15 was Opening Day in 1947, Jackie Robinson's first season in the Major Leagues.

It was Jackie Robinson that was the trail blazer in racial fairness and civil rights reform in America. It was, after all, Jackie Robinson that made the story of Barack Obama even possible.

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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.

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