CARDINALS AUDIO: Mike Shildt- Fri. April 16, 2021

Mike Shildt, shown in photo in special Breaking Barriers shirt, honoring Jackie Robinson


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Mike Shildt


As has been tradition each season since 2004, MLB teams, including the Cardinals wore commemorate Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks throughout the league on Thursday, April 15th – the anniversary of Robinson’s historic MLB debut as he broke baseball’s color barrier. But since they Cardinals had a day off, they observed Jackie Robinson Day on Friday, April 16th.

Robinson will continue to be remembered for his inspiring and historic career, his courage and strength amid challenges he faced as he broke baseball’s color barrier, his actions as a social advocate and civil rights icon, and his continued impact on our sport and society. In addition to Club-specific activities in ballparks and virtually, including outreach to their communities, Jackie Robinson Day will be commemorated in the following visual and fan-engaging ways:


  • NUMBER ‘42’ – Players, managers, coaches, umpires and all on-field personnel will once again wear Robinson’s iconic number (at least once) on games on April 15th and April 16th.
  • ‘42’ LOGO – Will appear on uniform sleeves while team-specific uniform font and colors will be featured as a patch on New Era caps. MLB will donate all licensed royalties from the sales of caps to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
  • THE PLAYERS ALLIANCE BATTING PRACTICE TEE – “Breaking Barriers”–Special batting practice t-shirts, which have been designed by The Players Alliance and provided by Nike, will be worn by players prior to games. These shirts will not be sold at retail. Mike Shildt is shown in the special shirt the Cardinals wore.
“Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” is a baseball-themed character education program  for school-aged children, developed by Major League Baseball and Scholastic Inc. Using America’s sport, baseball, as the metaphor for life, the curriculum is based on the values demonstrated by barrier breaker Jackie Robinson: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork.
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