VIDEO: Dusty Baker Shares Heartfelt Thank You to Jackie Robinson

Larry Rupp
VIDEO: Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker shares a heartfelt thank you to Jackie Robinson.
VIDEO: Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker shares a heartfelt thank you to Jackie Robinson. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

April 15th is celebrated as Jackie Robinson Day across the MLB, honoring the day the baseball hero made his major league debut. Every player will don the number 42 on their uniforms out on the field today. Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker even took the time to put together a thank you video for the legendary ballplayer that was posted on social media.

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Baker was quick to mention how Robinson was both his and his father's hero growing up as baseball fans. He also explained how most African American families became Dodgers fans because of Robinson's efforts on the team. Of course, he broke the color barrier in baseball back in 1947.

Robinson isn't just remembered ending the racial segregation that existed in baseball, though. The Hall of Famer contributed to Civil Right movements throughout his life and was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He singlehandedly influenced the culture surrounding the sport.

The No. 42 was retired across baseball in 1997, which goes to show the impact he made still carries on to this day. On the field, Robinson was a seven-time All-Star and slashed .313/.410/.477 in his career. He played in 1,416 games over 11 seasons and scored 972 runs to go along with 761 RBI.

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