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Nebraska Athletics to Celebrate 75th Annual Jackie Robinson Day

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Nebraska’s baseball and softball programs will honor the life and legacy of legendary former Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson at their games on April 15, a day commonly referred to as Jackie Robinson Day in MLB.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the debut of Jackie Robinson, who broke the “baseball color line” and became the first African-American athlete to play in MLB.

“Jackie Robinson overcame significant adversity during his baseball career and life,” said Dr. Lawrence Chatters, Executive Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “We can all learn something from his steely determination and incredible ability to handle the pressure he faced. I encourage our Husker fans to reflect on the legacy of Jackie Robinson and his importance to the world of athleticism.”

The baseball program will honor Robinson by having former Husker Shawn Buchanan throw out the first pitch against BYU at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

Buchanan played for the Huskers from 1988 to 1991 and was a second-team All-Big Eight honoree and captain twice. The Gary, Ind. native had 185 hits, 33 doubles, 21 triples, 24 home runs, 140 RBIs, 157 runs and 42 stolen bases in 212 games with the Big Red. Buchanan holds the school records for triples in a three-game against Wayne State on February 12, 1990. Buchanan is also the single-season and all-time school record holder with nine triples in 1990 and 21 triples in his Husker career.

The softball program will call on former letter winner and standout pitcher Peaches James to throw out the first pitch in Robinson’s honor in their home opener against Minnesota at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

Inducted into the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018, James was twice a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award in her four seasons. A four-time team MVP, James was a key force behind Husker teams winning 149 games in his four seasons, the most wins in four years in program history. James accounted for 98 of those wins, compiling a career record of 98-38 with a 1.19 ERA. She finished her career with a school record 945 strikeouts and still holds the Nebraska record with 44 career shutouts. James ranks first or second in seven of Nebraska’s 10 all-time rankings. James also wore number 42, which is currently retired by Nebraska Softball.

Both teams will wear a special edition adidas warm-up jersey with the iconic number ’42’.