Major League Baseball has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day since 2004 to honor the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer’s breaking of the sport’s color barrier. The tradition continues Saturday on the 70th anniversary of the monumental moment.
As has been the case since 2009, every player, manager, coach and umpire in MLB will wear the retired No. 42 to celebrate Robinson, the 1949 National League Most Valuable Player.
Mark Newman of MLB.com noted the epicenter of the celebration will be Los Angeles, where the Dodgers are planning to display a new statue of Robinson at Dodger Stadium. His wife, children and numerous team legends will be on hand for the ceremony.
Arash Markazi of ESPN.com provided a look at a replica of the statue that fans in attendance for the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will receive:
This Jackie Robinson statue replica will be given away at Dodger Stadium on April 15 – Jackie Robinson Day. pic.twitter.com/xSD58cqJaU
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 5, 2017
Sharon Robinson, who’s helped carry her father’s legacy since his death in 1972, spoke with MLB Network about the day’s festivities:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 15, 2017
The game never forgets.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) April 14, 2017