In honor of this historic moment, the Cardinals added a wall panel of Jackie Robinson on the outfield wall in 2022. This year, the Cardinals will have activations that fans can take part in at the game on April 15 and from home.
Celebrating Jackie Robinson - 2023 Celebration
On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers stepped onto Ebbets Field as the team's starting first baseman breaking baseball’s color barrier. The Cardinals, and all players across Major League Baseball will wear Robinson's "42" in their contests on April 15.
During the game on April 15, fans can stop by the Jackie Robinson table in Ford Plaza to complete Jackie Robinson Day activities – word scramble, word search, writing prompt and create your own jersey courtesy of MLB.
Founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has perpetuated the memory of its namesake by providing generous four-year scholarships and comprehensive support to talented college students with financial need to ensure their success and develop their leadership potential.
The Cardinals salute Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Jacob Dobb. Jacob is Jacob is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis where he is triple majoring in Computer Science, Economics, Finance. On campus Jacob is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity, the President of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and the Finance Lead of Web3, the WashU student investment fund. After graduating this spring, Jacob intends to pursue a career in finance. Long-term goals include earning an MBA, moving into growth-stage private equity, and funding his own startup.
Watch this animated series that tells three stories from the Negro Leagues. Each episode focuses on different impacts Negro League players had on baseball including Jackie’s connection to a legendary player, Monte Irvin.
Fans can head to branches of either the St. Louis County Library or the St. Louis Public Library and check out books that will tell the stories of Jackie Robinson and his impact on the game.
On April 15, when the Harris-Stowe State University baseball team hosts Hannibal-LaGrange University, both teams will wear a Cardinals hat saluting the career of Jackie Robinson.
Harris-Stowe's baseball and softball fields were refurbished and built with a $1.2 million investment from the Cardinals and Cardinals Care and opened in 2021. The fields sit on the site of the former Stars Park where the St. Louis Stars Negro League team played.
To celebrate Jackie Robinson day the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will offer 42% off any future museum admission tickets purchased during Jackie Robinson weekend. Use coupon code JACKIEDAY to purchase museum admission for $7.*
The Cardinals Museum has many artifacts on display that highlight the St. Louis Stars and the origins of Black baseball in St. Louis. Fans are encouraged to explore the display that tells the stories of Black St. Louisans that have been playing baseball in St. Louis since the 1800s. Spotlighted are the St. Louis Black Stockings, that in the 1870s were one of the first professional teams in the country. The St. Louis Giants turned professional in 1906, and were charter members of the newly formed National Negro League. By 1921 both the Giants' ownership and team name changed and the St. Louis Stars took center stage in Black baseball, winning league pennants in 1928, 1930 and 1931. The display recognizes the efforts of the St. Louis Stars players as well as those in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: James "Cool Papa" Bell, Oscar Charleston, Mule Suttles, and Willie "Devil" Wells.
*Offer valid from April 15, 2023 at 12:01am through April 16, 2023 at 11:59pm for any museum admission tickets dated April 17, 2023 and after.
To learn more about Jackie Robinson and his legacy, fans can visit the MLB Jackie Robinson Day page. Young fans can also check out printable activities focused on educating children about Jackie Robinson and his life.