April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day and all Major League Baseball players and on-field personnel will wear the number 42 to honor his legacy.
“It’s not only a privilege or a satisfaction,” New York Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera told ABC. “It’s a responsibility.”
On April 15, 1947, Robinson was the first African American to step up to bat in the major leagues. He started at first base and batted second for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In 1997, exactly 50 years after his debut, Major League Baseball declared April 15 Jackie Robinson Day to honor the man who broke the sport's color barrier.
Jackie Robinson Day comes just after the release of the movie “42,” which tells the story of Robinson’s 10 year career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and how he made his mark on American history.
"42" took in $27.3 million to claim the weekend box-office championship domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.