It was on April 15, 1947 that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first minority to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson took Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and today, Major League Baseball recognizes April 15 as Jackie Robinson day. Players across the Major Leagues will donne Robinson’s number 42 on their backs as a way to honor the memory of Robinson. But more attention will be paid today due to the release of “42,” the feature film that chronicles the life and struggle of Robinson. We caught up Smokies outfielder Matt Szczur, hitting coach Desi Wilson and Dodgers prospect Chris Jacobs to see what Jackie Robinson means to them.
Southern Leaguers Give Thoughts on Jackie Robinson
Nick Roark is a broadcast & media associate for Smokies Radio Network. You can follow him on Twitter here: @NickRoark4.