April 15, 1947. It was two years after World War II and seven years before the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s.
But on that date, Jackie Robinson changed baseball and the culture of America forever. He became the first African-American to ever play in the Major Leagues.
On Sunday, his legacy was honored. More than 200 players wore his Number 42---which was retired by Major League Baseball 10 years ago.
The big celebration happened in Los Angeles, where Jackie grew up and where his Brooklyn Dodgers now play. Jackie's wife, Rachel, was on hand for a special ceremony. She received an award from the Commissioner for her continued support of the game and for the way she has kept Jackie's legacy alive.
Robinson was a standout player and a model citizen. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1947 and two seasons later was the National League Most Valuable Player. Jackie became the first African-American ever inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
Robinson died in 1972, 13 days after the 25-Year anniversary of his landmarking first game.