Jackie Robinson's legacy continues to influence Major League Baseball 75 years

after he first broke the league's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Robinson was a star from the moment he stepped on the field,

excelling despite an environment of hatred and abuse from other players and fans.

Baseball retired Robinson's No. 42 leaguewide in 1997, and in 2004 established Jackie Robinson Day,

on which the league would honor his memory on the anniversary of his April 15, 1947, debut.

Players, managers and umpires all wear No. 42 every April 15, and each team pays tribute to Robinson in its own way.

This year, the 75th anniversary of Robinson's first Opening Day, is a special one.

Tributes poured in from players and teams across the sports world on one of baseball's most important days.

Before we get to that, however, make sure to check out some of our best Jackie Robinson stories of the year.

Jackie Robinson Day 2022