By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

It will be the first time since 2004, Jackie Robinson Day will occur in Major League Baseball without every player wearing Number 42 due to COVID-19.  Jackie Robinson Day is the anniversary in which the Hall of Famer broke the league’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“All Jackie Robinson Day activities will be virtual in nature, centering on social media and online platforms to underscore the importance of staying safe and healthy at home,” MLB released in a statement recently. “Designed to engage and educate fans about Robinson’s enduring legacy, efforts will incorporate MLB partners, MLB Clubs, Major League players, and youth baseball & softball players.”

MLB will still acknowledge the day by airing videos on MLB.com.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s will offer educational programming for  K-12 students. Among the features being unveiled: video vignettes of the Robinson family and baseball players like CC Sabathia and Harold Reynolds reading excerpts of “Jackie Robinson: American Hero.” This can be found at JRLegacy.org.