What's with 42? Baseball honors Robinson

What's with 42? Baseball honors Robinson

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St. Louis Cardinals, from left to right, David Freese, Skip Schumaker and Colby Rasmus, all wear number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, as they warm up before their baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday, April 15, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Jeff Mason

KMOV.com

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 15 at 3:15 PM

(KMOV) -- If you are wondering why Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and every other baseball player is wearing 42.

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson put on Dodger blue and broke baseball's "color line," changing the sports world forever.

All players wear Robinson's number, 42, to commemorate the historic day.

Major League Baseball retired Robinson's number on the 50th anniversary in 1997. This is the second year all players have worn his number.

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