Thank you, Jackie Robinson.

April 15th marked the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first African American to step foot on a Major League Baseball field as he debuted at First Base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in their 5-3 win over the Boston Braves on Opening Day. Jackie Robinson has won Rookie of the Year, has been named an All Star on six separate occasions, has a World Series to his name, was named League MVP, and is a first ballot Hall of Famer. Although these are all amazing achievements, perhaps nothing will ever compare to being the first man to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. So as a sports fan I would like to thank you Jackie Robinson. Thank you for laying down the foundation for all the amazing athletes of color who came to follow. Seven decades later and you are still being remembered for the impact you have made, so here’s to another seven decades of remembrance, as the man who broke the color barrier. Thank you, Jackie Robinson.

All Photos Via MLB Affilliated Instagram Accounts. 

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