Sep 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Darvish donates $42K to Jackie Robinson Foundation

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers pitcher, has gotten into a generous mood. On Wednesday, he donated $42,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to help pay for a few college scholarships.

According to the Associated Press,

The Texas pitcher presented the check Wednesday to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson and founder of the foundation, during her visit to Tokyo. Jackie Robinson wore No. 42, which has been retired by Major league Baseball and won’t be worn by anyone else following Mariano Rivera’s retirement after this season.

It might seem a little odd as to why the donation was presented in Tokyo. That’s because that is where Darvish has been since the Rangers were eliminated from the postseason during their AL-wildcard tiebreaker loss.

Darvish’s donation will help add to the number of students who have been positively affected by the foundation.

Over 1,400 students have benefited from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which was founded in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Fame second baseman who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Yu Darvish obviously made more than $42,000 this past season, but any donation will help the Foundation. Hopefully this will spark a trend where other baseball players donate some of their salaries to a great cause.



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