Every player knows the importance of “mental toughness” in baseball and softball. Jackie Robinson was a world class athlete, and had the physical tools to become a Hall of Fame second baseman, but what allowed him to excel on the diamond was his extraordinary mental toughness.
Robinson’s ability to withstand racial slurs, physical play on the field and social backlash from the game of baseball and the world is still an inspiration to today’s Big Leaguers.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Carl Crawford, had this to say regarding Major League Baseball’s upcoming celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. “When I see the number 42, it just makes me think about all the things Jackie had to go through. It just makes me want to represent myself the same way he was able to represent himself.”
The number 42 is officially retired by every team in Major League Baseball. In honor of Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every year on April 15th. Take a moment today, while the players are lined up for the National Anthem, to reflect on the symbolism of the 42 on the back of every jersey.
Jackie Robinson may be gone but his legacy will live on forever. He knew that breaking the MLB color barrier carried more significance than just his career statistics. That can be summed up in one of Jackie Robinson’s most famous quotes:
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
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