Who is only athlete with his number retired by all teams?
On April 15, 1997, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, with President Bill Clinton by his side, announced that the league would retire No. 42 for every team in honor of Jackie Robinson, whose debut in 1947 broke the color line in the sport.
“Jackie Robinson Day” is celebrated on April 15 every season to pay respect to Robinson’s work to break the racist history.
Many fans think incorrectly that Robinson was the first black player in the MLB. That’s not true, he simply broke the color barrier that has existed for more than 60 years. The first black players were threatened by survivors of the Civil War.
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