Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has cast a shadow over the entire world of baseball, there are several players who won't allow the crisis to dim the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day.
73 years ago today, Jackie Robinson officially broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, forever changing the game for the better and ingraining the Hall of Fame second baseman as one of the most important figures in sports and civil rights history. His jersey number, 42, is normally worn across the Majors as a tribute to this extraordinarily special day.
Though we don't get to see the league's players take the field today donning their "42" uniforms, a former All-Star is making sure he's doing all he can to honor Robinson.
Curtis Granderson, who established himself as a unique blend of power and speed for the Tigers, the Yankees and the Mets -- with short stints for four other clubs -- donated an extremely generous amount of food to those in need during the coronavirus crisis, making sure to give a shoutout to Robinson in the process.
Granderson is an active philanthropist, as his foundation "GrandKids" performs all sorts of charitable work (h/t David Adler of MLB.com). His latest COVID-19 initiative joins an extensive list of services he provides for the community, including the main goal of helping children achieve good education and physical fitness. Notably, he helped to fund the construction of a new baseball stadium at University of Illinois-Chicago, contributing $5 million.
Additionally, Granderson is an ambassador for MLB Abroad, has been named a four-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award and is an author of inspirational children's books.