April 05, 2007

Who will Wear #42

Don Burke of the Star Ledger reports on who, from the Mets will wear Jackie Robinson's #42 on April 15 as a tribute to the late, great player.

Major League Baseball announced yesterday it would allow one player from each team to wear the No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson for games played on April 15. That's the day baseball has designated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the former Brooklyn Dodgers great breaking the game's color barrier.

Earlier, outfielder Lastings Milledge and infielder Damion Easley, the Mets' only African-American players, each said he'd be honored to wear Robinson's number that day. But Randolph, who grew up in Brooklyn after the Dodgers left town for Los Angeles, had first dibs.

"It's a tremendous honor," he said. "We were talking about it earlier and I said I'd fight anyone else who wanted to wear it. Anything associated with Jackie Robinson is an honor for me." "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here," said Milledge, who turns 22 today and has a grasp of baseball history that has eluded many players his age.

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