All sports enthusiasts, especially those who are baseball fans, must be celebrating Jackie Robinson Day today. Jack Roosevelt, who was popularly known as Jackie Robinson, was a veteran baseball player, someone whose life and career both still are a source of inspiration for many people.
Jackie Robinson was the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. He broke the stereotype and set a precedent for many others. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Piror to that, negroes were not allowed to play with whites and had been restricted to the Negro leagues for six decades. Jackie Robinson played an instrumental role to change that and also worked hard to prove his mettle. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Today, Major League Baseball is honoring Jackie Robinson and his legendary contribution in many ways. According to Fox News, there are plenty of celebrations in the Dodger Stadium and the Turner Field. Many baseball players, managers, coaches and umpires are remembering him in their kind words and prayers on the 65th anniversary of the start of his career. Robinson's daughter, Sharon, participated in an event with Hall of Famerand Los Angeles pitcher at a youth ballfield in the Bronx.
The Robinson family was also supposed to attend a special ceremony on Sunday night at the Yankee Stadium. Aside from these events there is a lot of hype about the day online. Various players have put up Facebook statuses or tweeted about Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson’s contribution not only helped improve the sport, it also helped in improving the American life.