Forget the IRS on April 15! Why think about taxes when you can celebrate the legendary African-American hero who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier back in 1947?!
When Jack Roosevelt Robinson made his MLB debut 64 April 15ths ago, he might not have been fully aware at that moment of the impact he would have on the all-American sport! The Brooklyn Dodgers would never be the same…ad neither would baseball!
Jackie Robinson Fast Stats:
* Born: January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia
* Died: October 24, 1972 in Stamford, Connecticut
* Height/Weight: 5’11″/204 pounds
* Education: UCLA
* Team: Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1956)
* Batted/Threw: Right-handed
The mighty Jackie R. was UCLA’s first-ever four-sport letter winner (track, football, basketball and, of course, baseball!), which gave the world its first clue that this budding superstar was destined to be hailed a super-athlete! His accomplishments within the sport make Jackie one of the most respected and revered of legendary ball players! No wonder the world of baseball rushes to celebrate one of their own every April 15th!
As has become the custom in the MLB, all uniformed personal–players, coaches, umpires and managers–lovingly don jerseys bearing the magical number 42 in a unified demonstration of solidarity with, respect for and recognition of the man who made baseball history 64 years ago!
Back in 1982, 10 years after Jackie’s tragic passing, he made baseball history all over again by being the first MLB player to be honored with his image on a historic United States postage stamp! It seems the whole world adores Jackie Robinson!
Jackie Robinson remains one of baseball’s most beloved giants and a gleaming inspiration to all children everywhere who wish to follow in his impressive footsteps! Wherever the next baseball superstar may be, he will have the mighty Jackie Robinson to thank for blazing the trail in baseball!
Whenever Party Fiesta Balloon Decor receives requests for baseball-themed balloon designs, you can be sure those designs are a tip of the hat to baseball’s legendary Jackie Robinson!