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Today, in honor Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the Major League, all players and coaches wore his number 42 instead of their own numbers. Robinson's number has been universally retired by all MLB teams. After the Yankees Mariano Rivera finally retires, the number 42 will only be worn on Jackie Robinson Day.

"Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.... The example of his character and unquestionable talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation, which then marked many other aspects of American life, and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights…