Once a year, baseball allows players to wear the No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, who wore that number in his trailblazing career integrating baseball.
That day is tonight when the A’s and the Houston Astros will all be wearing 42.
For black players in particular and most baseball people in general, it’s a special honor, a day full of significance.
You should already know this, but today is the 61st anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. And I say you should know it, because Jackie Robinson Day deserves every bit the observance as Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, etc.