42

So… every single baseball player in Major League Baseball is wearing the same number today… 42… to honor a truly great athlete and great American, Jackie Robinson. When Jackie first started playing in the Major Leagues, he was working his “day job” in places where people of color weren’t allowed to come watch him play! He truly “broke the color barrier” and I think it’s awesome that his number is the only one retired throughout the entire sport (except today, of course, and except for Mariano Rivera, who gets to use that number till he retires… as the last player to have that number). Jackie was a true hero.

I hope, though, that perhaps we honor some other people with that celebration today. The people who said “I don’t care about skin color, let him play.” The ones who played with him, coached him, hired him, cheered for him… Some of those folks also did a heroic thing.

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