Jackie Robinson Day 2017

Saturday is the 70th anniversary of legendary Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and becoming the first African American to play in the modern era of Major League Baseball.

Ten years later, baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced on the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut that his No. 42 would be retired throughout baseball.

It's been 70 years since Jackie Robinson's first game in the Major Leagues. Many historians believe Robinson's breakthrough was an early step that eventually led to other civil rights breakthroughs.

It's a tradition that all players, coaches, and managers on both teams, and the umpires, wear "Number 42" on their jerseys. McCovey was still a child with big league aspirations at the time of Robinson's debut, and he told Marty about what impact Robinson had on his baseball dream. "But he's somebody we in the African-American community celebrate every day". I've had the good fortune of playing with players from more than 10 countries throughout my career. Major League Baseball took notice years ago and invested millions of dollars in youth programs, and The Jackie Robinson Foundation also recognized the need.

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"It's emotional", Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon said this week. It was that World Series that would give Jackie and the Dodgers their first world championship. It stands in the left field reserve plaza, where there are views of downtown Los Angeles in one direction and Elysian Park in the other.

That's quite a star-studded cast that will be on hand to honor Jackie Robinson and share the moment with his family.

Needless to say, Robinson's legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball. The team will unveil his likeness during Jackie Robinson Day festivi.

Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow and wife of 26 years, is said to be making the trek for the statue's reveal.

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