Denzel Washington honors Jackie Robinson with a speech at the MLB All-Star Game

It wasn't a long speech, but it hit home: Denzel Washington's homage to Jackie Robinson

wearing Robinson's No. 42 in Dodger Stadium — drew a stirring response from the crowd

on a day that also honored Robinson's widow, Rachel, on her 100th birthday.

Speaking Tuesday night on the field before the 2022 All-Star Game in Los Angeles

Washington commemorated the day in April 1947 when Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers

obliterating baseball's color barrier "with supreme talent and unshakable character.

The actor also celebrated Robinson's activism, and his many pursuits outside of sports.

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