Bud Selig retired Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 for all teams in 1997.
Three years ago Ken Griffey Jr. asked Selig if he could wear the number to honor Robinson on April 15, the day Jackie made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers–the commish agreed.
Now all players are invited to wear his number on April 15. Very cool.
- Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. He won the NL MVP Award two years later.
- In 1955 Robinson’s Dodgers defeated the Yankees in seven games to win the World Series.
- The following year he was traded to the New York Giants, but decided to retire.
- In 1962 he was the first African American inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Other facts: served in World War II, played in eight World Series, won Rookie of the Year, three-time MVP.