Jackie Robinson was a pioneer for the game of baseball and the civil rights movement, first stepping foot onto a baseball field 64 years ago today as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. It is no wonder baseball recognizes the Georgia native the way it does today.â†µ
The Braves are included in the ceremonies of the day. The biggest news of the day is the launching of IAM42.com, which is a social media project that allows fans to post video tributes to Robinson, telling their stories of how his heroic acts affected them.â†µ
Included in the project are video tributes by major league players, including Atlanta's own Jason Heyward.â†µ
"Jackie Robinson Day to me means he was a great person, one, but for the game of baseball and for the civil rights movement, of course," said Heyward, the Braves' second-year outfielder. "And for the people all across the world to show that we can put differences aside and play a game of baseball, and all be entertainment no matter what the ethnicity."â†µ
As in previous years, all major league players will wear No. 42 in honor of Robinson. The number is retired by every team in baseball and is brought out once a year for this occasion. The Robinson family will be present at Yankee Stadium for a ceremony prior to their game at 7:05 on MLB Network.â†µ
For the Braves, they will have a pregame ceremony featuring a video of Robinson's story. The bases and lineup cards will be specially made for the event.