The Atlanta Braves will celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson Tuesday in their game against the Kansas City Royals at Turner Field at 7 p.m.
Major League Baseball began its celebration of Robinson on Monday, in honor of the legendary infielder’s first game in the majors, but the Braves did not have a game scheduled.
Braves and Royals players, and the teams’ on-field staff, will wear Robinson’s No. 42 to honor Robinson’s life and contributions to the game.
Every year on April 15, the anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in 1947 at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, the baseball world spends a day to reinforce the importance of Robinson’s legacy and his importance and impact in baseball and throughout professional sports.
In his first season, Robinson won the newly created Rookie of the Year Award, hitting .297 and stealing 29 bases, which led all of Major League Baseball.
In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute, MLB.com adds.
Click here to access the Braves website and to view a video of Braves players discussing what Jackie Robinson has meant in their lives. The video will be found in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage and will start automatically.