Al Behrman Associated Press Cincinnati Reds players observe a moment of silence for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. All major leaguers wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.


Should baseball allow teams besides the Dodgers to issue Jackie Robinson's No. 42?

Leading Off: MLB should unretire Robinson's No. 42

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 11:46 am

Monday was Major League Baseball's fifth annual tribute to Jackie Robinson, who debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Players on all 16 teams in action wore Robinson's No. 42 in honor of the Hall of Famer. Players from the 14 teams not in action Monday planned to observe the tribute today.

It's always curious to see every player on the diamond wearing No. 42. It's a nice tribute, but fleeting.

In 1997, Commissioner Bud Selig ruled teams no longer could issue the No. 42 (the Dodgers retired Robinson's number in 1972).

Players wearing No. 42 at the time, such as the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, were allowed to continue wearing it. Robinson's 42 is displayed in stadiums in both leagues.

Baseball's intent to honor the game's most courageous pioneer misses the point.

What of the young players, perhaps inspired by Robinson? Wouldn't a more lasting tribute to Robinson be the emergence of younger players who proudly wear his number?

Yes, it is an emotional moment to annually see players of many races and each bearing Robinson's number stand at attention for the national anthem.

Greater moments could be experienced watching others play with Robinson's fire – while wearing his number.

What to do

Baseball, Houston at A's, 7:05 p.m., Coliseum: Check out A's starter A.J. Griffin, who seeks his third win in three starts.

Today's poll

Should baseball allow teams besides the Dodgers to issue Jackie Robinson's No. 42?

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Monday's results

What was the most embarrassing moment in the Kings' 28 years in Sacramento?

• Drafting Pervis Ellison: 38%

• Kings Dancers photos: 10%

• Eric Musselman's DUI: 16%

• Leaky roof: 20%

• Other: 16%

Total votes:3 21

Call The Bee's Jeff Caraska, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @Just_Call_Me_JC.

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