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Robinson to be honored

Jackie Robinson, breaker of the color barrier in baseball and Civil Rights leader, will be honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball when the entire team will wear his No. 42 jersey on April 15.

The date will mark the 60th anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African-American to play in the big leagues.

Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

According to Buster Olney, a senior writer from ESPN, the idea to honor Robinson came from Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey spoke with Commissioner Bud Selig and asked permission to wear No. 42 on the 60th anniversary. The commissioner agreed and expanded the concept, which resulted in the Dodgers honoring Robinson, as well players like Barry Bonds who will do the same.

Robinson’s 42 was retired from all Major League Teams previous to Griffey’s proposal. Olney said he expects that every April 15 from now on that Major League Baseball will allow its players to wear the number in honor of Robinson.