Dodgers' Magic Johnson 'Forever Grateful' For Jackie Robinson's Legacy

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MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, in remembrance of Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier when he made his major league debut on April 15, 1947. The day celebrates this, along with Robinson's accomplishments on and off the field. In honor of Jackie Robinson day, all MLB teams wore the No. 42 on Monday.

The legacy of Robinson is still one of the most impactful in sports and culture, as Robinson broke the color barrier and helped in the fight for equal rights during the Civil Rights movement. His fight and persistence to play while facing racism helped pave the way for many other Black athletes to earn opportunities and eventually de-segregate professional sports.

Former Los Angeles Lakers "Showtime" legend and current Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson is one of the many in this world grateful for what Robinson fought for and accomplished. In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Johnson posted a tribute in honor of the Hall of Fame second baseman

"Jackie Robinson paved the way for me. Without him breaking the color barrier in the MLB for the Brooklyn Dodgers, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to become a part owner of the Dodgers. I'm forever grateful and proud to be a part of an organization with a history of promoting advancement and equality," Johnson said.

"I’m looking forward to celebrating Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium tonight with Dodger nation, family, friends, and of course the men in blue as they face the Nationals!" Johnson said.

Johnson was part of the celebrations of Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium on Monday, speaking to the crowd before the Dodgers game against the Washington Nationals.


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Eva Geitheim

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