Robinson's legacy lives on today, as evidenced by the sentiment of those paying tribute.
The Tribe is 7-4 on Jackie Robinson Day and won five consecutive contests between 2009-2016 (did not play on date in 2013 or 2014). Outside its doors sits a bronze statue of Robinson, which was dedicated in 1985.
Robinson's place in baseball history is well-known and rightfully revered.
Seventy years after his Major League debut and 45 years after his death, America is still heavily indebted to the great Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century.
In a ceremony at Shea Stadium in 1997, attended by former President Bill Clinton, Robinson's No. 42 was retired throughout the game with the exception of players (Mo Vaughn and Mariano Rivera) who were wearing the number.
As he eloquently put it, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives". The thought was that it would just be a one-time thing until he asked to do it again on the 60 anniversary of his debut in 2007, and upon permission, the tradition took off.
For many Americans, April 15 is just Tax Day.
Yet there was little question that the comments of the 70-year-old Campanis on "Nightline" reflected archaic stereotypes about the intelligence and capabilities of African-Americans. The MLB is hoping programs like Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) can increase these numbers and they seem to be working. Last year, only 6.7 percent of the players in the majors were African-Americans. Growing up, it wasn't uncommon for me to be the only or one of few white players on my teams, and that felt normal. Thank you Jackie for all that you did for our lovely game! But any honest glance at the country reveals that discrimination is alive and well, and an annual conversation about Jackie Robinson can help remind us why that's wrong. I love to listen to them talk about Jackie. Currently MLB has players from 19 different countries and about 30% of the players were born outside of the United States.
Rachel Robinson and the Boys of Summer will not be around forever to share those stories, but they will be told and retold at the Jackie Robinson Museum in NY, with groundbreaking ceremonies set this year.