NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day today.
On April 15, 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
All MLB players will wear his iconic No. 42 during Monday’s games.
A special popup exhibit also opened Monday on Varick Street in Lower Manhattan, near the future site of the Jackie Robinson Museum.
“Jackie Robinson was a founding investor of Freedom National Bank in Harlem,” noted Ivo Philbert of the museum. “We also have an image of the home where Jackie, Rachel and the family lived in Brooklyn, New York, just to give people a sense of his New York roots.
“And then certainly we have an image of Ebbets field in Brooklyn where it all happened on April 15, 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier,” he said.
The exhibit features never-before-seen artifacts and photos, which will be included in the museum when it opens its doors in December.
Last month, Robinson’s family was honored with keys to Brooklyn on what would have been his 100th birthday.