ESPN to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson, who broke MLB color barrier

The American Sports Channel ESPN (Disney entity) has just commissioned a special project to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the baseball player Jackie Robinson in the Major League Baseball (MLB) championship in the United States, the first African-American in history to have reached this milestone and paved the way. ESPN Press Room has shared more details about this memorial project.

Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to reach MLB

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the integration of Jackie Robinson to MLB, thus breaking the color barrier in this baseball competition, ESPN start a special project. From April 4, the sports channel will honor his legacy and highlight the continued work of his wife Rachel (which is about to blow out its 100 candles on July 19). ESPN’s platform will celebrate « Black History Always ». It will be a short series of videos in addition to 10 parts leading up to the 75th anniversary and several specials. There will be special guests and more when the museum opens Jackie Robinson in New York which will take place on July 26.

david robertsESPN’s head of NBA and studio production, said: “It is an honor to oversee this initiative highlighting the impact of Jackie Robinson through full 75th anniversary coverage. jackie has opened doors for African Americans and all other minority groups in all professions. up to and including the President of the United States. That is why it is extremely important that his enduring legacy be recognized and never forgotten. »

From April 4, ESPN will release short news videos daily, culminating with the anniversary date on April 15. The series of more than 10 episodes Jackie to Me will include interviews with athletes and public figures talking about the many legacies of Robinson and its lasting impact on generations. Among the personalities invited to these interviews are: Tim Anderson, Bobby Bradford, Ruby Bridges, Chuck D, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Billie Jean King, Willie O’Ree, Robinson’s Son, David, and more. The videos will be available on Sports Center, get-up and First Take. On April 15, there will be a full day of content across multiple programs. There will also be content on ESPN’s YouTube channels and social media.

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