Original Story (03/24/22): On Opening Day in 1947, Jackie Robinson made history, becoming the first Black MLB of the modern era. His debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended approximately 80 years of baseball segregation, known as the color line. The MLB now celebrates the legacy of Jackie Robinson every year with Jackie Robinson Day on April 15th, the day Robinson made his MLB debut. As part of the festivities, all players, coaches, managers, and umpires wear Robinson’s uniform number, 42.
Jackie Robinson Day 2022 is a special one, as it commemorates 75 years since Jackie Robinson made his MLB debut and broke the color barrier. Nike will be celebrating this year’s Jackie Robinson Day with a special Nike Dunk Low release. It comes dressed in a vintage Brooklyn Dodgers blue and off-white color scheme, with Jackie Robinson’s famous quote printed on the overlays and insoles: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Other details include special tongue tags that reads “75 Years” and “Breaking Barriers,” blue felt Swooshes, 42 on the lateral heels, and a mini Swoosh embroidered on the toe box.
The Nike Dunk Low “Jackie Robinson” is currently expected to launch on or around
April 15th to coincide with Jackie Robinson Day. Look for these to drop on SNKRS and at select retailers. Grab a look at the shoe below and stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for updates.
Nike Dunk Low “Jackie Robinson”
Color: Racer Blue/Racer Blue-Coconut Milk
Style Code: DV2122-400
Release Date: July 19, 2022
Price: $130 USD
Nike is a longtime partner of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) and has invested nearly $3 million over the last five years, including $1 million in fiscal year 2022, to support the foundation’s scholars, its mentoring and leadership development program and its museum. Ongoing investments in both the JRF and the Play Equity Fund – where Nike made a $1.3 million investment over three years to support 13 LA grassroots organizations, specifically for Black and Latina girls in Boyle Heights and Watts – is emblematic of Nike’s belief that sport as well as its legendary figures have the power to create a better world.
Update (04/05/22): Official images of the Nike Dunk Low “Jackie Robinson” have arrived. Check them out below.
In-hand photos via Chris Colgan: