ON THE 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s colour barrier, Adidas have released a special cleat and ‘turf trainer’ to honour him.
Jackie became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era, aged 28.
He broke the baseball colour line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.
The Dodgers, by signing Jackie, heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s.
Jackie was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
In a statement, Adidas said: “To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s colour barrier on April 15, 1947, Adidas today unveiled a special edition baseball cleat and turf trainer and announced a new field at Robinson’s alma mater, John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif., to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 15.”
The special edition Jackie Robinson inspired Adizero Afterburner cleat will be available for $120, while the Icon Turf Trainer will retail for $100 when they release on Friday (April 14).
The bronze colour pallet reflects the bricks from Brooklyn’s legendary Ebbets Field, where Jackie started and finished his baseball career, and the ballpark’s facade is highlighted on the heel of the cleat.
Additionally, the bronze plate of the cleat was inspired by Robinson’s Hall of Fame bust.
“Jackie Robinson changed the game of baseball forever,” said Tauna Dean, director of Adidas Social Purpose. “He showed us what breaking barriers looks like. We believe that through sport, we have the power to change lives and we want to help positively impact lives by removing barriers to sports for kids who might not have an opportunity to play otherwise. This new baseball and softball field is just one small way we can help our sports community.”