70 years ago, the world of sports witnessed one of its most defining moments on April 15th, 1947, as Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson became the first African-American ballplayer to step foot inside the lines of a major league diamond, breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
While Robinson may have endured racism and other forms of harassment, it was his courage to break down the divide in the MLB that paved that path for athletes in future generations in all sports, not just baseball.
With the anniversary of Robinson’s heroic feat celebrated today, adidas has released its own tribute to the Baseball Hall of Famer, designing some incredible baseball cleats and a turf trainer to commemorate the event—and they’re as detailed as you could ever imagine.
Featuring a cream colored suede, adidas used the 2017 adizero Afterburner as the canvas for the cleat, with the inspiration for the design centered around Jackie Robinson’s signature and an old school numeric stencil to honor his No. 42 jersey number—which MLB universally retired back in 1997, refusing to let any other ballplayer wear it again.
Further details on the cleat highlight Robinson’s career, with his career stats stamped into the heel pulltabs and the tongue of the cleats donning a 70th anniversary gold pin, inspired by 1947 World Series press pins. The pin features the player’s signature, Ebbets Field and the dates 1947-2017.
In fact, there is so much history, info and tender love and care in these adidas cleats that it’s like wearing a museum dedicated to Jackie Robinson on your feet!
As Major League Baseball honors the legendary day that the game forever changed, it’s awesome to see adidas do something similar, even presenting the custom baseball cleats and uniforms to both the baseball and softball teams at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Ca. to wear today, April 15th, to always remember Jackie Robinson Day.
For more info on the adidas Jackie Robinson inspired cleats and trainer, head on over to adidas' website.