by BRIDGET CAHILL
Most people view April 15th in a negative way; many fail to realize that on April 15th of 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. When Robinson was put in to play first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he shattered the racial barrier that prevented colored men to play sports at the professional level. Because of his impact in the MLB, he also heavily contributed to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Robinson inspired those around him to never give up on their dreams. Robinson’s number was officially retired by the whole league on Jackie Robinson Day in 1997, which was also the 50 year anniversary of the first time he played in the MLB. Along with being the first black man to play in the MLB, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Many establishments have been named in honor of Jackie Robinson as well as the Jackie Robinson Award that is given out every year. In 2013, the movie 42 was released, following the struggles and hardships Robinson faced before he was allowed to play in the MLB. On April 15th in Major League Baseball the number 42 is worn by every player, honoring the legacy of the hero. Jackie Robinson is an American icon whose legacy continues to be remembered.