Friday, April 15, 2011

Jackie Robinson Day


Today is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball- the greatest Baseball day of the year. You know I'm right.

Ballplayers throughout the league will commemorate this great Dodger and his amazing accomplishments with all of the pomp and circumstance worthy of a hero. Players will be wearing #42, special ceremonies will open every game and Major League Baseball has unveiled a brand new site to allow us all to share how we have been inspired. It is at IAM42.com. Go and check it out.

From the MLB press release.

“Jack loved the game of baseball and the tremendous power it had and still has to bring people together,” said Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s wife and Founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “I believe he would have found Major League Baseball’s decision to perpetually honor his legacy in this way both gratifying and humbling.”

‘IAM42’ is a new digital campaign designed for fans to make a personal connection to the legacy of Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson through online video sharing and social networking via Twitter and Facebook. IAM42.com features personal video tributes from more than 60 current players and legends to honor the 64th Anniversary of Robinson’s historic moment, including Baseball Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Andre Dawson; and MLB All-Stars Jason Heyward, Prince Fielder, David Price, Mariano Rivera and David Wright. Launching on Jackie Robinson Day, fans of all ages are encouraged to share their thoughts on the enduring impact of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. The site will be updated throughout the year, in the lead-up to the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, 2012...
On top of that, the MLB Network will have a special show about Jackie this coming Saturday.
In support of Jackie Robinson Day, MLB Network will air the special Letters From Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson on Saturday, April 16 at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET. The special, which was produced by MLB Productions, focuses on Robinson’s role in the American civil rights movement, predominantly after he retired from baseball. Hosted by New York Yankees Center Fielder Curtis Granderson and narrated by actor Dennis Haysbert, the story is told in Robinson’s own words, through correspondence he maintained during his lifetime with political figures including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, and a young pen pal named Ron Rabinovitz, with whom Robinson kept in touch from 1955 to his death in 1972.
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