Every single year, you will see every player, on every team in baseball, wear 42. No last name, no nothing. Baseball gives the day, April 15th to Jackie Robinson.
The man who broke baseball’s color barrier 74 years ago today. It’s hard to think of a bigger tribute bestowed on a player by a league, and yet MLB’s efforts to honor Robinson go beyond it in 2021.
How MLB is honoring Jackie Robinson
Between Thursday and Friday — teams off on the former will honor Robinson on the latter — MLB players will take the field not only wearing No. 42, but also with a patch on both their hats and uniforms dedicated to the occasion.
MLB will donate the royalties of all sales of the apparel to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
It will also be a big day for the Players Alliance, a group of current and former MLB players pushing for increased Black representation in baseball. Over 100 players, including David Price, Jason Heyward, and Jackie Bradley Jr., will donate their salaries for the day to the organization.
MLB will be holding several events as well, including its Jackie Robinson Challenge for young students and Trailblazer Series for young women interested in baseball. Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch will be hosting a drive-thru Play Ball event in her hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
There is also MLB Network’s feature on the late Chadwick Boseman discussing Robinson and the honor of playing him in 2013’s “42.” Boseman died of colon cancer last year on Jackie Robinson Day, held on Aug. 28 due to pandemic.