How MLB celebrated the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut

MLB was dangerously close to losing this year's Jackie Robinson Day due to extended lockout negotiations, but a well-timed agreement saved the league's 162-game season and one of the most important days on the league calendar.

Celebrated every year on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day commemorates the day Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The league began celebrating the day in 2004 and by 2009, every player, coach and umpire was wearing the No. 42 for a day.

MLB took its celebrations even further this year, doing some things it had previously never done.

All MLB teams wore Dodger blue for Jackie Robinson Day

While teams have worn 42 on Jackie Robinson Day for years, the league's 30 teams made a change to that tradition by wearing the number in Dodger Blue, no matter the team's traditional color scheme.

Teams also wore a special patch commemorating the occasion and No. 42 socks.

Yes, even the San Francisco Giants.

Some players, such as New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, extended the No. 42 to their gloves and cleats.

New York establishes 'Jackie Robinson Way'

In New York, the city of Robinson's debut partnered with MLB to declare that 42nd Street and Broadway will be temporarily renamed "Jackie Robinson Way."

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, Robinson's eldest granddaughter Sonya Pankey and MLB Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr., Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre were all on hand for the ceremony where the street sign and a giant No. 42 were revealed.

New York deputy mayor for economic and workplace development Maria Torres-Springer appeared on behalf of mayor Eric Adams' office for the unveiling:


“I wanted to wear it to honor that man because of the sacrifices that he [made] and what he did. If it wasn’t for him, maybe my dad would have never played. Maybe I would have never played,” Griffey said. “I can’t imagine what he’s gone through, and I don’t have to go through that because that man did it for us, and he did it for this country. He did it for each and every one of us to allow us to go out there and play the game that we love.”

Negro Leagues Museum opens 'Barrier Breakers' exhibit at Dodger Stadium

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located in Kansas City, Missouri, where Robinson played for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs, announced a new traveling exhibition titled "Barrier Breakers: From Jackie to Pumpsie."

The exhibition opened at Dodger Stadium in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. Per the museum, it chronicles all players who broke their respective MLB team's color barrier, starting with Robinson and ending with Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, who debuted for the Red Sox in 1959.

Jackie Robinson's widow visits Dodger Stadium

As usual, Dodger Stadium went all out with its pregame ceremony, including an appearance by Jackie's wife Rachel Robinson.

Robinson's son David also spoke to the team outside the stadium before the game, next to his father's statue.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso of the New York Mets wear #42 during the Mets home opening game at Citi Field on April 15, 2022 in New York City.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
All of MLB wears No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)