With the start of the baseball season due to the new coronavirus, the celebration of Robinson’s contribution is virtual this year.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation launched a virtual learning center to coincide with the day, and teams and players throughout the league took to social media and other online platforms to commemorate the event.
CC Sabathia and Harold Reynolds are among the former major league players who read excerpts from a book by Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, entitled “Jackie Robinson: American Hero.” He appears in video sketches and there are virtual and print educational activities.
Chicago Shortstop Tim Anderson spent time on a video call with 10 students who were in the Elite City Elite White Sox program. The 26-year-old answered questions and talked about Robinson’s legacy, and the responsibility he felt to involve more African-Americans in the game.
“There aren’t many black kids in the league,” Anderson said. “So who will motivate these children? Who will inspire them? That’s something I’m proud of. I certainly always hope to wear No. 42.”
TULCO, a holding company founded by Thomas Tull, which produced the Robinson film “42” announced on Wednesday that it had donated $ 4.2 million in personal protective equipment to organizations serving African-Americans and other communities in honor of Jackie Robinson’s Day. Donations include scrubs, masks and isolation gowns and will be distributed to the hospitals most affected by COVID-19.
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