Nike is honoring Jackie Robinson with a special edition Ken Griffey Jr signature shoe. The Nike Air Griffey Max 1 pays homage to Jackie Robinson.
The Air Griffey Max 1 usually features an embossed Nike font across a lockdown strap with an eye-popping number 24 that fastens at the ankle. Jackie Robinsons’ pair will replace the kids’ number 24 with his iconic 42 alongside one of his widely recognizable quotes, which reads, “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”
Robinson first played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues in 1945. He later broke the color bearer in the Majors when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956.
Before having his number 42 retired by all 30 MLB franchises, Robinson achieved Rookie of the Year, a World Series ring, six All-Star appearances, National League MVP, and a National League Batting championship, to name a few of his many accolades. His most impactful award was forging a path for other players of color and becoming a prominent politician, activist and leader of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Nike hasn’t set an official release date for when the iconic silhouette will be available for consumers. Baseball purists and fans of the shoe assume the release date to be around April 15, Jackie Robinson Day.