Jackie Robinson Day History
Jackie Robinson Day honors and commemorates the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and led them to six league championships and one World Series. Jackie's baseball uniform number was retired in 1997. Beginning this date Major League baseball began a tribute to him. Each player wears the number 42 on this day. This observance occurs annually on April 15th which coincides with Jackie Robinson' Major League baseball debut in 1947.