A wave of blue will crash atop Major League Baseball on April 15th as all MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires will dawn the number 42 on their backs of their blue uniforms for the first time ever on Jackie Robinson Day.
It will be the 75th Anniversary of when Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier. His number, 42, was retired league-wide in 1997. Since 2009, teams have worn number 42 every year to honor the baseball legend, but this year will mark the first time everyone will also be wearing Dodger blue.
In addition to the blue and Jackie’s number, a 75th Anniversary patch will be worn on the umpires’ uniforms. MLB’s special logo features Robinson’s digital signature and an illustration of the former UCLA star’s swing.
To honor the legend even further, a league-produced video titled “Play, Run, Win, Rise” will hit the big screens at each stadium, which reflects on Robinson’s career and legacy, while also highlighting the influence his wife Rachel Robinson has had not only on the world of baseball, but the world of inclusivity.
Jackie Robinson made his National League debut at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers back on April 15th, 1947.
“Seventy-five years ago, Jackie Robinson took the field under incredibly challenging circumstances and unimaginable pressure. Yet through his courage, character, skill, and values, he brought well-needed change to our game and advanced the Civil Rights Movement in our country,” said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “During this special anniversary year, it is a top priority for MLB to honor Jackie’s contributions and legacy, recognize the impact Rachel has made through the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and continue to keep Jackie’s memory and values alive for today’s generation of players and fans.”