The Man Who Changed the Game

On this date 67 years ago the Dodgers organization made a controversial decision that will be remembered forever.

It was on this day in 1947 when Jack Roosevelt Robinson, or better known as “Jackie”, broke baseball’s color barrier. Having the courage and mental strength to overcome adversity and perform at the highest level day in and day out is remarkable. The obstacles would only get tougher for Robinson as his rookie year progressed yet he was resilient and refused to quit.

Robinson left his mark on not only the game of baseball but the world as well. Major League Baseball shows its appreciation by honoring Robinson and his heroics every year by making April 15 “Jackie Robinson Day”. Major League baseball has also retired his number through out the entire league so no other player can wear his number 42.

As a tribute, every player wears the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day to prove we are all the same. April 15 is the only day players are able to wear his number 42. The world was different during that time and Robinson is a big reason why the world has changed for the better.

Hence today is a reminder to be thankful for the sacrifices made by one man for future generations.

-Stephen Acosta

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