Published On: Mon, Apr 16th, 2012

Jackie Robinson Honored By MLB

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball 65 years ago. On Sunday night, the league honored Robinson with ceremonies in every ballpark with tributes on video, celebrations with his family, former teammates, players from the Negro Leagues and NBA legend Bill Russell.

Everyone wore jersey number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day from players, coaches, managers to umpires to commemorate the day Robinson set foot on the baseball field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The event opened the doors not just for black players but for all races as well.

Matt Kemp, currently the best player in the MLB tweeted “”Thank u Jackie Robinson!!!”

The world of sports has come a long way since the time of Jackie Robinson. Although the number of black players in Major League Baseball has dwindled down in recent years, other professional leagues such as the National Football League and National Basketball Association have seen great talent from all races.

Gone are the days when players are judged by the color of their skin. Minorities and foreigners are now able to join the big leagues based on their talent and skills. Jackie Robinson deserved the honors on Sunday night as he opened the doors to all players regardless of race.

About the Author

- is a former Entertainment News Editor at The University of Tennessee's independent student newspaper, the Daily Beacon. She acts on her passion to improve citizen journalism through various initiatives such as the OJO, Citizen Journalist League, the World Journalists Summit, and InterJOURN. Leslie is co-author and creative director of various citizen journalism books that is sold in the United States and the U.K.

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