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SportJackie Robinson Day: Cano, Sabathia and other MLB players pay tribute to baseball legend on historic anniversary

23:35  15 april  2019
23:35  15 april  2019 Source:   cbssports.com

Hakeem Olajuwon praises Mitchell Robinson, who has never heard of him

Hakeem Olajuwon praises Mitchell Robinson, who has never heard of him Mitchell Robinson may have to seriously brush up on his basketball history. Retired NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon sat courtside for Friday’s Houston Rockets-New York Knicks game and was impressed by Robinson, the Knicks rookie center, who finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks. “I love his game,” Olajuwon said to Marc Berman of the New York Post. “He has a presence in the middle. He can close down the middle with his energy, skill level, how he moves. Not too many players have that impact as a shotblocker. On the court you know he is there. Fantastic player.” When the praise was relayed to Robinson however, he admitted that he had never heard of Olajuwon.

Jackie Robinson Day: Cano, Sabathia and other MLB players pay tribute to baseball legend on historic anniversary© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.

April 15 is a special day in baseball history. "Jackie Robinson Day" celebrates the baseball legend's MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, an appearance that broke MLB's color barrier. Seventy-two years later, Robinson's legacy lives on, as teams sport Robinson's now-retired No. 42 on his anniversary to honor his contributions to baseball.

Naturally, plenty of MLB players also came out to say thanks to Robinson and his contributions to the game, including Robinson Cano, who will wear a unique pair of Jackie Robinson cleats on Monday.

But the player tributes, of course, didn't end there.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are also reportedly donning throwback duds to honor one of the most important players in their illustrious history, including the Brooklyn "B."

Robinson's influence is abundantly clear. Expect to see plenty more on- and off-field tributes to Robinson this week.

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