Sixty-six years ago today, Jackie Robinson, a UCLA alumnus and standout in four collegiate sports, became the first player to break Major League Baseball's color barrier.
On Sunday, April 14, UCLA celebrated Robinson’s groundbreaking legacy with the unveiling of a new mural of the Bruin and Dodger legend before the UCLA — Loyola Marymount baseball game at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The mural, by Orange County–based artist Mike Sullivan, depicts Robinson swinging the bat in his Bruins uniform and features symbols of his lifetime achievements, including his service in the U.S. Army.
“Jackie was such an inspiration to so many people throughout the United States, but even more so to those individuals who are Bruins,” UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said at the event. “To know that Jackie was a Bruin, that he wore this uniform ... is unbelievably special.”
The celebration coincides with the theatrical release of "42," a movie highlighting Robinson’s life that opened last week.
View a photo gallery of UCLA’s Jackie Robinson celebration ceremony.