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Major League Baseball Commemorates Jackie Robinson Day

Major League Baseball Commemorates Jackie Robinson Day

Major League Baseball commemorated Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, April 15, 2012 with a league-wide 65th anniversary recognition. The Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke the game's color barrier in 1947. "This anniversary serves as a reminder of Jack's enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on America. It is my hope that this commemoration serves as an inspiration to all as we look to unite behind our common goals," said Rachel Robinson, Jackie's wife and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

All players wore Jackie's number 42 and all clubs playing at home on Sunday, April 15th commemorated Jackie Robinson Day with special pregame ceremonies in their ballparks. In three ball parks, Boston's Fenway Park, Washington Nationals Park and Yankee Stadium, Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars and alums were the featured singers. JRF alum,Titciana Barros, performed at Fenway Park. Amanda Patterson sang at Washington Nationals Park and Matthew Gasdsen performed at the national ceremony held at Yankee Stadium which also featured Jackie's wife Rachel and Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter. Clubs not playing at home on April 15th will hold Jackie Robinson Day commemorations at their ballparks during another homestand later in the month.

Pictured above: Matthew Gasdsen, JRF Alumnus

Watch Video of Jackie Robinson's debut 65 years ago

MLB Coverage of Jackie Robinson Day