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4.05.2007

Breaking The Color Barrier

The late, great Jackie Robinson.
Every player on the Los Angeles Dodgers roster will be wearing #42 on Sunday, April 15th.

The club will honor the late by having all of its players wear his number when the Dodgers face the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African-American player to appear in a big league game.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. called Commissioner Bud Selig and received permission to wear Robinson's number that day, as well.

Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The team moved to Los Angeles ten years later.

Each of the 15 games played on April 15th will have festivities to honor Robinson. The ceremony held at Dodger Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00pm ET as well as on XM Satellite Radio.

Update: One player from each club will wear Robinson's number on the anniversary of his MLB debut.

[MLB Press Release] | [CBS News]

3 Comments:

deborah said...

i am given to understand that t-nutts will be representing on April 15th. the strib said bud told all the teams they could have one person wearing the number that day.
related, barry bonds reportedly requested to wear the 42 for the giants. man, that guy's starting to hit my "pissing me off like kobe bryant" button.