MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

Updated: April 16, 2012, 2:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the times when there were no black players in big league baseball.

And about what it meant when Jackie Robinson broke the game's color barrier.

"Without Jackie, I wouldn't be in front of you," the Los Angeles Angels pitcher told several dozen kids at a Bronx ballfield Sunday. "Jackie's role in my life has been tremendous."

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