Baseball season is upon us and today is a truly memorable day in baseball history. April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day; the 72nd anniversary of his very first baseball game and the first time an African American played Major League Baseball.
His uniform number, 42, was retired long ago, but every year on April 15th, every Major League Baseball player wears the number 42 in honor of this baseball legend. To commemorate the occasion, enjoy a baseball game or check out library materials based on the life of Jackie Robinson. Here are a few that I recommend!
42 is Not Just a Number: the Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport: A youth biography about Jackie Robinson that is nominated for this year’s Caudill Award.
42: the Jackie Robinson Story: A film based on the life of Jackie Robinson
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen: A youth non-fiction book about Jackie Robinson’s fights against prejudice during his military career