Major League Baseball Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

Today, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day. That’s because on April 15, 1997 former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mandated an unprecedented edict. It was never before witnessed in any American professional sport. Selig ordered all Major League … Continue reading

Major League Baseball Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

Today we honor the courage of a remarkable man and exceptional baseball player by celebrating the brilliant initiative of a sports commissioner.

On April 15, 1997 Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mandated an unprecedented edict. It was never before witnessed in any American professional sport.

Selig ordered all Major League Baseball teams to officially retire the #42 jersey in honor of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson.

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Remembering Brooklyn Dodgers’ #42 Jackie Robinson during Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, here’s an excerpt from my book Favorite Overcoming Athletes about the great Jackie Robinson.

Robinson’s story should be required reading in every high school in American. Young people can be inspired by #42’s tremendous personal story and learn to never tolerate our nation’s ugly history again.

…..On April 15, 1997 Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mandated an unprecedented edict. It was never before witnessed in any American professional sport.

Selig ordered all Major League Baseball teams to officially retire the #42 jersey in honor of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson.

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