#ThankYouJackie: Baseball world celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

In this April 11, 1947 file photo, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers poses at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. (John Rooney/AP)

It’s April 15 and that means it’s Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball.

A celebration of Robinson breaking the Major League colour barrier 71 years ago, every player, manager and umpire participating in games Sunday will wear Robinson’s iconic No. 42.

An important day on the baseball calendar, it makes the second straight rain-caused postponement between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians sting that much more, particularly because Toronto outfielder Curtis Granderson was planning on wearing cleats that would not only honour Robinson but also Larry Doby, the first player to break the American League’s colour barrier.

Additionally, Granderson’s Blue Jays teammate, Marcus Stroman, publicly voiced his displeasure at Mother Nature spoiling such an important date for baseball while praising Robinson’s ground-breaking actions.

Of course, Blue Jays players weren’t the only ones celebrating the day on social media. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the baseball world:

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