Jackie Robinson's Number

Rapier

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Tucker wrote
That is why I am proud beyond words to call myself a fan; why I love, and will always deeply love, the Dodgers club; why I carry their current "LA" logo permanently inked onto my arm. That is why Robinson's number 42 jersey is retired across all teams--the first and only one so honored--and why no one will ever be allowed to wear it.
The complete post was sincere and heartfelt.

Having been a Yankee's fan I didn't think any Dodger was the greatest but Robinson's contribution to all of sports was unmatched.


Retiring number 42 was a huge mistake. The logic was to
honor the man. Maybe it did. But it also hides his history and memory. Myself I'd like to see that number 42 on player's jerseys just so the announcers could tell the fans why that number means so much to baseball.
 

Babe_Ruth

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The announcers do tell the story of Jackie Robinson often though. I think it was a good thing from the MLB's part to retire his number. The only player who's allowed to wear it his Mariono Riviera. This is the best way to honor the man that broke the color barrier.
 

Rapier

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The announcers do tell the story of Jackie Robinson often though. I think it was a good thing from the MLB's part to retire his number. The only player who's allowed to wear it his Mariono Riviera. This is the best way to honor the man that broke the color barrier.
Yet we'll never hear a kid say "that was Jackie Robinson's number."
 
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I disagree completely Rapier. Maybe it's because I'm from KC where Jackie played in the Negro Leagues, but it's almost a right of passage for a young baseball player to learn about jackie robinson and why his number is retired.

Thanks 42.
 

Rapier

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The announcers do tell the story of Jackie Robinson often though. I think it was a good thing from the MLB's part to retire his number. The only player who's allowed to wear it his Mariono Riviera. This is the best way to honor the man that broke the color barrier.
If I were a father at a ballgame I'd like to be able say to my youngster "see that 42 over there? That's the number the great Jackie Robinson wore." I wouldn't want to depend on some broadcaster mentioning it.

If I were a youngster it would mean a lot more if my dad told me at the ballpark.

It would be tangible, a rite of passage.


And of course the glow you would feel at the next ballgame when it's pointed out to you "hey Dad it's 42, that's the number Jackie Robinson wore."
 
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42 is a retired number, and is in plain view at every ball park already. The right of passage still exists.
 

Wade8813

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Part of the point of retiring it is so it will STAY associated with Jackie Robinson, and no one else. Imagine back in the 90's, if Griffey had been number 42 instead of 24? Many kids would go bonkers over Griffey, and just say "Jackie who?"
 

Babe_Ruth

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I think Wade just hit on the nail. If another superstar would of worn that number today, kids would only think of that guy when he sees 42. Well the average fan would. Now that it's retired, the number is even more special.
 

Rapier

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I think Wade just hit on the nail. If another superstar would of worn that number today, kids would only think of that guy when he sees 42. Well the average fan would. Now that it's retired, the number is even more special.
Who do you think of when you see the number 32?
Who do you think of when you see the number 23?
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Who do you think of when you see the number 32?
Who do you think of when you see the number 23?

Kat got your tongues? Myself I think of Jim Brown and Michael Jordan.
 
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