MLB observing Armed Forces Day all weekend

May 21st, 2022

Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and teams across Major League Baseball began play Friday with several activations in place as part of a weekend-long recognition of those who serve our country. 

Armed Forces Day, established by President Harry S. Truman in 1949, is traditionally celebrated each year on the third Saturday of May. Throughout the weekend, MLB players and coaches will wear camouflage-designed caps, as well as optional camo-themed socks. 

MLB and MLB Charities have been long-time supporters of the military community and will continue to support nonprofit organizations that focus on the needs of military veterans, servicemembers and families. 

Notable military-related nonprofit organizations who have been previous recipients of Baseball’s contributions include The Mission Continues, Code of Support Foundation, American Corporate Partners, Sesame Workshop, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and Folds of Honor Foundation. 

MLB also has plans to observe Memorial Day. During all games taking place on that day (May 30), players and on-field personnel will wear a jersey with a traditional red poppy featuring “Lest We Forget” language adorning the visage on the left chest. 

The right side of New Era caps will feature the stars & stripes silhouetted batter with language depicting “Memorial Day.” These products will not be sold at retail. 

As in past years, MLB will participate in the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, when all games and pregame activities will pause at approximately 3:00 p.m. local time to observe an extended moment of silence.