Google is honoring the first African-American baseball player with a doodle on Jackie Robinson's 94th birthday. And a new movie, '42,' opens soon that portrays the life of Jackie Robinson.
If January 31 seems a bit early for a Jackie Robinson celebration, you're not entirely wrong.
Typically, Major League Baseball honors its first African-American player on April 15 - the day he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The standard practice is for major league players to don No. 42 in homage to Robinson.
But Google has kicked off the celebration a little early this year with a Google doodle on Jackie Robinson's birthday. And Google is not alone.
"We believe that Boston children should learn the story of Robinson, what he endured, and how his character led him to succeed in what many consider the beginning of the civil rights movement. Children are free to dream of any career, and to pursue those dreams and careers, thanks in part to Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. It's an important story to tell. Hollywood will do so in grand style this April [when the movie is released], and we are doing so in our intimate, grass-roots style," Red Sox senior advisor Dr. Charles Steinberg said in a press release on MLB.com.
On April 12, the movie "42" opens. It's a new bio pic about Robinson by the same folks who produced "Ray" - the 2004 movie about the life of jazz pianist and singer Ray Charles. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers president.