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Sunday, April 08, 2007

All Major League Players Should Wear #42 on April 15

April 15 marks the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color line in Major League Baseball. As you know, all Major League teams retired Jackie Robinson's #42 several years ago to commemorate a Hall of Fame player and great American.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game, Ken Griffey, Jr. asked the Commissoner's office for permission to wear #42 on April 15th. The Commissioner's office granted this future Hall of Famer permission to do so.

And wouldn't it be an amazing gesture if every Major Leaguer were to wear #42 on April 15?

Thanks to Ken Griffey, Jr. for asking the Commissioner's office for permission to honor a great player and an even more amazing man.

Here's to hoping that all other Major Leaguers petition the Commissioner's office for permission to wear #42.

Because I think that this is one item that the Major League Players Association and the owners should be able to agree upon quite readily.

Update: One player from each team will be permitted to wear #42 on April 15, and all members of the Dodgers will wear #42. Read about it here. I still say that every player should wear #42 on April 15.


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