Jackie Robinson is celebrated for breaking down baseball’s color barrier. Every April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day across MLB, which was chosen as the anniversary date for when Robinson broke the color barrier back in 1947, breaking into MLB as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1997, the No. 42 was retired across MLB, with only players who already wore the number on their jersey permitted to continue to proudly display it on the back of their uniform. But on every Jackie Robinson Day, every single player on every MLB team wears No. 42 as a show of respect and as part of the tribute.
My question is, on Jackie Robinson Day 2013, why were 12 teams scheduled with having an off day on an occasion that should honor one of the sports world’s most influential athletes? To me, that seems a bit disrespectful.