Today is the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. He took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, wearing the famed 42 jersey, and went on to become an icon of the civil rights movement.
There had been some controversy over the Yankees’ decision not to play today.
Last weekend the movie about Robinson’s life, 42, was released. And Yankees pitcher C.C Sabathia enjoyed it:
Usually, I’m not a big fan of sports movies based on true stories because I find they embellish too much. For example, Moneyball never mentioned the A’s had three of the best starters in baseball. But 42 seemed to stay close enough to history and told the remarkable story very well, which made it a very worthwhile couple of hours.