All of Major League Baseball teams have retired No. 42 to honor Robinson, who was the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored, according to MLB.
The MLB also adopted a new annual tradition, “Jackie Robinson Day,” for the first time on April 15, 2004, on which every player on every team wears No. 42. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962. Robinson died in 1972.
Nuxhall said Robinson’s “nine characteristics to live by” are printed on weatherproof signs for display by participating schools. Nuxhall said the ﬁrst 100 Greater Cincinnati baseball and softball programs that participate in the program will receive Jackie Robinson signs to place on their schools’ backstops.
Each school will also receive 25 complimentary Reds tickets for its varsity team.
The Nuxhall Foundation represents three initiatives begun by Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, including the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, the Joe Nuxhall Character Education Fund, and the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Fund.