15th APRiL ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

April 15th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1947: Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier : Jackie Robinson (age 28) became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers on the 15th April 1947. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for over 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on the 15th April 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored, and his uniform number 42 was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig, in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Jackie Robinson was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league. | & more about history on this day in the video…