On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut, breaking the color barrier in baseball and forever changing the way the game is played.
Today, he’s being honored in Chicago.
Producers of the new Robinson movie “42″ have teamed up with Walmart to refurbish 42 ballparks across the country, as a way of celebrating Robinson’s legacy.
That includes Gately Park, 10020 S Cottage Grove in the Pullman neighborhood.
At today’s event, more than 200 kids from the community had the opportunity to interact some of baseball’s greats, including Bo Jackson.
The goal of the “Walmart 42 Chicago Refurbishment Program” is designed to encourage young players and beautify the community.
It’s co sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures “42”, Scotts Turf and Ball Park brands.
Warner Bros. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.
“42” is now playing in theaters nationwide.