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Jackie Robinson Day 2011

Today is April 15th - one of the most significant days in Major League Baseball's prestigious history. On April 15th, 1947, one Jackie Robinson made his first start in his career, starting at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, of course, on that day broke the color barrier in baseball and began his Hall of Fame career.

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Robinson would hit .297/.383/.427 with 12 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 1947, good enough to finish fifth in NL MVP voting that year and good enough to win the Rookie of the Year award.

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Not surprisingly, today is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball. It's the eighth annual Jackie Robinson Day, and to celebrate it this year, Major League Baseball has launched a new online campaign, IAM42.com. As has been done in years past, all players and coaches will be wearing the No. 42 tonight.

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The Rangers will be in the Bronx taking on the Yankees tonight on Jackie Robinson Day, where hopefully they won't be seeing Mariano Rivera - the last active player wearing No. 42.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.