Today MLB celebrates the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier:

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson played in his first major league game and suceeded in breaking the color barrier that divided baseball. Over the course of Jackie Robinson's rookie year, he endured racist taunts from both fans and opposing players. On his first trip to Cincinnati, the fans cursed, taunted, threw bottles, and hurled racist epithets at Robinson. The scene became so raucous and dangerous that Brooklyn manager Burt Shotton briefly considered pulling Robinson from the game.

Today, Cinncinati outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. will be wearing Jackie Robinson's number 42 in tribute to the man who blazed the trail. He has been joined by many other MLB stars and the entire Dodgers team will wear 42 today.

An admirable gesture from Griffey and MLB. Today is a day to remember Jackie Robinson.

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    The Dodgers' uniforms don't include the name of (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 10:45:57 AM EST
    the player.  Should be an interesting day for the media.

    Nice tribute, BTD.  

    Also.... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 10:55:14 AM EST
    after Mariano Rivera retires, no one will wear 42 again.  Very cool.

    I didn't know that (none / 0) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 11:02:19 AM EST

    Didn't Jackie Robinson support Richard Nixon (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by bx58 on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 01:52:03 PM EST
    in the 1960 presidential election? He could spot a race hustler from two towns over.

    He must be rolling over in his grave at this latest spasm of false indignation.

    HE did (none / 0) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 01:58:47 PM EST
    Remember, in 1960, the GOP was better on race issues than the Dems.