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Outside The Confines: A pause to remember Jackie Robinson

All of baseball donned the number 42 in the annual tradition.

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MLB has a long history of doing poorly when it comes to embracing diversity, from problematic team names to a lack of representation in higher-level management roles, to how the Negro Leagues have been treated over time.

There are a lot of thoughts on how baseball likes to pat itself on the back, especially on the annual Jackie Robinson Day, which celebrates Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier and becoming the first Black player to take the field for an MLB club.

That said, it’s a vital and important part of baseball, and it pays tribute to an incredible man, and as always with topics like this before we dive into the rest of the links we want to spotlight stories about the day and its history.

The Undefeated has done some tremendous work specifically on Robinson for today, among others.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.