"I recognize him every day with how I go out and play the game," the Orioles center fielder said. "Every day to me is a tribute to Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby and all the innovators for helping myself, countless other African Americans, Latins, Asians to play this game. I don't just look at it as one day. I look at that [as] how I treat every single day in the Major Leagues."
The Orioles will recognize Robinson's legacy by wearing his No. 42 this afternoon due to a rainout on Tuesday. Jones was originally scheduled to catch the ceremonial first pitch thrown by University of Maryland student Kapria Lee, one of many able to attend college thanks to scholarships from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
"You play sports, you hear the name Jackie Robinson," Jones said. "It's tremendous what he endured just for us to play."