The D-backs will join other MLB teams in celebrating Jackie Robinson Day today with a special pre-game ceremony and players will wear Jackie's number 42 to mark the 64th anniversary of baseball's color barrier being broken. The importance of Robinson's impact on baseball, sport and American culture is rightfully honored today.
"Each year, Jackie Robinson Day is an occasion for us to pause and reflect on the game's proudest and most powerful moment," said Commissioner Bud Selig. "Jackie's legacy is as strong and vibrant as ever throughout Major League Baseball. I am proud that the No. 42, which has come to stand for Jackie's courage and grace, will again be worn in honor of our game's greatest pioneer."
Robinson's courage and dignity resonates 64 years later, current Diamondbacks talk about the honor of wearing number 42 here, and MLB rolls out the new Iam42.com where fans are encouraged to share their feeling about Jackie. Let's wrap this up with a couple Jackie Robinson quotes:
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life.