JWG (jwg) wrote,

Forty Two

On April 15th, 1947 Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. I was nine years old at the time and vaguely remember the event and follow-up. He was an excellent choice to break this color barrier pretty much always keeping his cool when encountering extreme prejudice and hate. Robinson went on to be a very exciting player on the field and made it into the Hall of Fame.

MLB is commemorating this by having all players wear number 42 on their uniforms (without players names). 42 was retired several years ago but players with that number were allowed to keep it. 42 is on the wall in Fenway Park along with those Red Sox players with 10 or more years on the team who made it into the Hall.

A few weeks ago when I went to a planning meeting in the Cambridge High School this quote of something he said was on the wall:
I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
I think that would be pretty good advice to follow for lots of people.

Too bad that Obama wears number 44. Now here is a far-fetched thought: Grover Cleveland wore 22 and 24 so if presidential numbers could be reused and if you called Ford 37r because he was an unelected president then Obama would be 42.

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