Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day.
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Jackie Robinson's life in pictures

Updated 2:04 PM ET, Thu April 15, 2021

Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day.
Hulton Archive

Every year on April 15, Major League Baseball comes together to commemorate the life of Jackie Robinson.

Every player will wear Robinson's number, 42, as they celebrate the man who made history as the first Black player in league history.

Robinson made his debut on April 15, 1947, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to play 10 seasons, making six All-Star teams and winning a World Series with the Dodgers in 1955. He was also a National League batting champion and Most Valuable Player. All while enduring racist bigotry and death threats.

His iconic number has been retired by every Major League team.