On this date 62 years ago, Jackie Robinson changed both baseball and the world when he broke Major League BaseballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s color barrier.
Through the courageous undertaking, Robinson endured unimaginable racism, death threats to himself and his family, and shouldered a responsibility to an entire race who sought more rights. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy to seeÃ‚Â Major League Baseball requiring all of its uniformed employees to don No. 42 jerseys in RobinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s honor today.
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no telling what professional baseball and our entire country would be like today had it not been for RobinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s struggles 62 years ago. His selfless accomplishment opened the door for all-time greats lime Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson and Ozzie Smith, as well as contemporary stars like Ken Griffey Jr., CC Sabathia and half of Grady Sizemore.
The jersey gesture in itself is a small and belated one. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good to see Major League Baseball using every April 15 to remind fans and players of Jackie Robinson opposed to every 5th of 10th year. Hopefully 62 years from now, when I’m long dead from a strain of gout that has yet to be discovered, players like Prince Fielder IV and – somehow – a still acitve John Smoltz will continue to wear No. 42 to honor a hero.