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Before Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier
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Before Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier
Wednesday April 15th, 2015

April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball. 

All players, coaches, and managers around the league will wear the No. 42, in honor of former Brooklyn Dodgers' player Jackie Robinson, who became the first black player in the Major Leagues in 1947. 

In addition, the 2015 MLB Civil Rights Game will be held Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, with Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Seattle Mariners.

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Players from around the league paid tribute to Robinson on Twitter on Wednesday. A round-up of tweets is below. 

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MLB and teams around the league also paid tribute on Twitter and shared photos of the No. 42 jerseys that will be worn on Wednesday. 

UCLA, Robinson's alma mater, will honor him with special jerseys for Thursday's game against Cal. 

Classic Photos of Jackie Robinson:

- Molly Geary

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