Salt Lake Bees Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day Against Reno Aces

Apr 16, 2024, 6:58 PM

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Salt Lake Bees players line up for the National Anthem at Smith's Ballpark on Jackie Robinson Day, April 16, 2024.

SALT LAKE CITY – It was 77 years ago that Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering the Major League Baseball color barrier and changing America’s Pastime forever.

The Salt Lake Bees celebrated Jackie Robinson Day while hosting the Reno Aces at Smith’s Ballpark on Tuesday, April 16.

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“It’s an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness,” ninth-year Bees manager Keith Johnson said of the chance to honor Robinson. “That he was able to do what he did. To carry that burden and show that we can be successful in this game. Not necessarily just for African Americans, but for everybody in the game.”

Robinson broke the long-standing MLB color barrier when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

“Now you look at our game, and there are a whole bunch of different cultures in the game. We go out and compete for one name on the front of the jersey regardless.”

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“He paved the way not just for African Americans but minority culture in baseball,” Salt Lake outfielder D’Shawn Knowles said. “The name Jackie Robinson means a lot. I admire his dedication and the work he put in for us to be able to play this game. This is my first time ever putting on a 42 jers,ey so that means a lot. I’ll wear it with pride.”

Major League Baseball permanently retired the number 42 for all MLB franchises in 1997.

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Salt Lake (6-9, Fourth in PCL West) continues its season with six games at Smith’s Ballpark against the Reno Aces (6-8, 3rd in PCL West), the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Bees and Aces play a six-game series from Tuesday, April 16, through Sunday, April 21.

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Salt Lake Bees Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day Against Reno Aces