Major League Baseball players pay tribute to Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson entering the Brooklyn Dodgers' club house after he was signed in 1947

Jackie Robinson entering the Brooklyn Dodgers club house after he was signed in 1947

At some point during the day, people in the league office seemed to realize that pairing Robinson - who was denied entrance to the majors (among countless other places) due to racism - with a logo that is being retired due to its insensitive portrayal of Native Americans was a bad idea.

While it is easy to laud him as a hero for those totals, he deserves more regards for that which we can not count, namely, the insults he received for having broken baseball's color barrier.

Major League Baseball has honored Robinson on April 15 since 2004, and it has been customary since 2009 for every person in uniform to wear Robinson's No. 42 on the field. Since 2004, Major League Baseball has celebrated April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day to honor his example as a civil rights activist and pioneer, but this year's observance saw some of our national pastime's fans balk over a commemorative cap that features the controversial Chief Wahoo logo.

Many have complained that the Chief Wahoo emblem, long used by the Cleveland Indians, was an offensive caricature of Native Americans, National Public Radio reported.

A number of social media users pointed out the use of the Chief Wahoo logo on Jackie Robinson Day. Promo Marketing found women's and men's tops designated to honor Robinson's legacy, but neither appeared to have the logo. According to Forbes, The League commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the issue stating, "it was mistake and had somehow slipped through the cracks".

The Wahoo logo is being phased out, as many know, with Cleveland announcing it would be removed entirely in time for the 2019 season - convenient timing, considering the organization will host next summer's All-Star Game.

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