Unretiring No. 42 

April, 5, 2007
04/05/07
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As you've probably heard, on April 15 Jackie Robinson's No. 42 will be officially unretired for one day, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here's Uniwatch's primer on the post-1997 history of No. 42, which includes this bizarre story: Also on the 15th, every Dodger will wear No. 42.

That's so weird, so over-the-top gimmicky, I can't help but think it's sort of cool. And what makes it all the better is: (1) the Dodgers have the best-looking uniforms in the majors; and (2) it's essentially the same uniform that Robinson actually wore.

Long term, though, I'd like to see MLB rethink this thing. When No. 42 was retired in 1997, players already wearing the number were allowed to keep it. Unfortunately, there's only one left, and even he won't last forever. At which point No. 42 will be gone, except for (presumably) these every-10-years commemorations.

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