Saturday, April 16, 2011

Jackie Robinson Night in New York

The annual Jackie Robinson Day - held to honor the breaking of baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947 by the late Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers - was held at New York's Yankee Stadium and every other Major League stadium on Friday. All players, coaches, managers and umpires wore Robinson's uniform number 42. The middle photo features (L to R) Andrew Jones, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher of the Yankees standing at attention during the national anthem. The bottom photo shows - among others - Robinson's widow, Rachel (R in yellow), his daughter, Sharon Robinson to Mrs. Robinson's right and five members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen who were the first African-American pilots, bombardiers, navigators and support personnel during World War II. The Yankee players are Mariano Rivera - in the center- with the big smile (he's the only player who's allowed to wear #42 during the season since he was wearing the number before it was retired by MLB), Curtis Granderson and on the far right, Robinson Cano whose parents named him after Jackie Robinson.

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