Cairo Residents Host Event Celebrating Jackie Robinson's Legacy

Cairo Residents Host Event Celebrating Jackie Robinson's Legacy
Posted at 5:53 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 14:21:16-04

CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) - Tomorrow, April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day, a day honoring the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and a day that has special meaning locally.

April 15th 1947, Robinson broke into the big leagues with the then Brooklyn Dodgers. It was a big day for baseball, American history, and Cairo, Georgia.

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 by becoming the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues. 70 years later Robinson is still influencing kids playing ball.

The Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club in Cairo hosts an annual event celebrating the legacy left by Robinson.

Kids and teens from across the city come together dressed in Dodger uniforms to enjoy a fun filled day of baseball, fun, and celebration.

All remembering what number 42 did and passing it down from generation to generation.

Robinson is the only major league baseball player to have his number, 42, which has been retired league wide.

Robinson was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

It's a tradition that all players, coaches, and managers on both teams, and the umpires, wear "Number 42" on their jerseys.