Chicago Cubs Marcus Stroman is starting Jackie Robinson Day strong with a tattoo honoring the late player.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman shared a tattoo he got from Jackie Robinson, one of the most historic players in MLB. Stroman’s tattoo undoubtedly makes his Jackie Robinson Day celebration the best ever.
Robinson is the most important part of bringing black players into MLB, and Stroman expressed his gratitude for him on Twitter.
Jackie Robinson paved the way for black players in MLB
Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB when he made his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, now known as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Previously, professional players of color were only allowed to play in their own separate league. Robinson’s incredible talent and outspokenness helped integrate the sport. He quickly became an important part of the civil rights movement.
Robinson’s influence was so influential on MLB that his number 42 was retired by every single team across the league. The only time his number is worn is on Jackie Robinson Day in honor of his MLB debut. However, his journey with the Dodgers has been an extremely difficult one in which he has shown tremendous resilience.
According to History.com, “His debut with the Dodgers in 1947 was met with a lot of attention — and not just positively. Although Robinson quickly proved that he belonged as a player, the color of his skin was a problem for opposing teams and fans.
Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese, who heard racist taunts from fans and players before a game, reportedly wrapped his arm around Robinson on the field to indicate he was accepted by those wearing a Brooklyn uniform. Despite this, Robinson has endured racial profanity, hate mail and death threats for much of his career.”
He was a strong advocate for equality, and his impact in MLB and the world will forever be remembered.
“Life isn’t a spectator sport. If you spend your whole life in the stands just watching what happens, I think you’re wasting your life.” -Jackie Robinson, via History.com
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