Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown says he wouldn’t be the proud Phillies player he is if it weren’t for April 15, 1947, the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball.
Brown says it’s hard to believe that Robinson’s struggle to become the first black in professional baseball was nearly seven decades ago. The coveted no. 42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers proved his talent and might on the field during the Jim Crow Era, when blacks didn’t have rights to vote, yet alone play sports.
Robinson’s career is now highlighted on the big screen with the movie “42.” Brown says he can’t wait to see the movie. The Phillies star says he will forever remember his idol, and now as a role model for other African American youth he reminds them to always strive for success.