Tagged: 42

TP07: The Number Forty-Two

The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and

baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for
– Jackie Robinson

Baseball fans alike associate specific numbers with players, records,
and history within the game. Today marks an especially significant
anniversary in baseball history and is being recognized league wide. 63
years ago today, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson made his Major League
Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers breaking the colour barrier as a
player in the league wearing the number 42. Between 1945 and 1966
Robinson made baseball history recording a total of 14 firsts, as he
continued to break colour barriers throughout his career.

Blue Jays Manager Cito Gaston was the first African American Manager to
win a World Series when the Toronto Blue Jays won in 1992 and the first
to win back-to-back Championships when the Blue Jays won the World
Series in 1993. Gaston returned to the Jays in 2008 is
currently managing for his last season with Toronto. Members of the 2010
Jays roster were asked what Jackie Robinson Day meant to each of them
as a player this season. As Gaston also holds a first in baseball history, he made note in his response, to the role which the accomplishments and achievements of
Jackie Robinson played in his career in the league. 

“Mr. Robinson is a great man as far as I’m concerned. He gave minorities
a chance to excel and also move up in the organization as far as being
managers, coaches, and general managers,” said Gaston, in a video on
bluejays.com. “We owe him a lot as we’ll be pleased to celebrate that
day in Toronto.”

As today marks such a milestone in league history, MLB has mandated that
all players, coaches, and umpires wear the #42 in all games played across the league today to celebrate and honour Jackie Robinson for all of his
achievements that began 63 years ago. The Toronto
Blue Jays host the Chicago White Sox in the final game of a four-game
series at Rogers Centre tonight at 7:07. Both teams will wear
#42 on their jerseys, in recognition of the Hall of Famer.
For more about Jackie Robinson Day and what it means to the Toronto Blue
Jays players click