The life and legend of Jackie Robinson has been recently chronicled in the movie "42," but the first African American major league player was immortalized long before the movie. And in this episode of Politics Confidential, we caught up with two baseball players who have special connections to Jackie -- one named after him, the other the last who will ever wear his jersey number.
The New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, set to retire at the season’s end, is the last major league baseball player still wearing a jersey with the number 42.
The number 42 was retired across all major league teams in honor of Robinson 1997. But Rivera, who was already wearing 42 at that time, along with other players across the league, has been allowed to wear the number until his retirement.
“It's not only a privilege, a satisfaction, it's a responsibility,” Rivera tells Politics Confidential about being the last to wear the symbolic 42. “I accept the challenge, because what…Mr. JackieRead More »from Hanging up 42: Yankees Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano talk Jackie Robinson’s enduring legacy