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Sunday was Jackie Robinson Day - A Hunt and Peck

A meaningful day, indeed.

St Louis Cardinals  v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

April 15, 1947 was a historic day, not just for baseball, but for the United States. On that date Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, paving the way for players of color not just in baseball, but across sports. The following year, after seeing the success of Robinson, other teams began to follow suit, shaping baseball into the sport we know today. The sport is by no means done growing - there are still many ways it can improve in acceptance and inclusion - but the courage of Jackie Robinson made this growth for the sport possible. With baseball being one of the most popular global sports, in 1947 Robinson took not just a giant step forward for baseball, but for the world, too.

To remember his bravery, on April 15 every year all players wear Jackie Robinson’s 42, just as he dreamed. It is a day that means much to many.

Jackie Robinson remembered at Cards, Reds game | St. Louis Cardinals

Baseball Integration, 1947-1986 | Society for American Baseball Research

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