42 – The number worn by Jackie Robinson on this day sixty years ago in his first major league game as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson was tributed by all of MLB on this day, as more than 200 people planned on wearing the number, including the entire rosters of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
Jackie was the first black MLB player of the modern era and didn’t perform quietly. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1947, the first time the award was given out. Two years later, he went on to win the National League MVP award. The six-time All-Star retired with a .311 career batting average and holds the record for stealing home the most times since World War I, doing so 19 times. Jackie was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962 after ten years with the Dodgers and is also a member of the All-Century Team.