The Sports Kings: MLB Salutes Jackie Robinson…

Major League Baseball will pay homage to Jackie Robinson this weekend.  The league will commemorate the 65th anniversary of him breaking baseball’s color barrier with Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday.

Robinson became the first African-American to play in the big leagues, making his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  Players throughout baseball have worn his number-42 on April 15th each of the last three seasons.

Number-42 was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997.  New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is the only active player to still wear the number.  The 42-year-old Rivera has been in the league since 1995.

Robinson was a six-time All-Star in 10 major league seasons.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

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