Own a piece of American history and support the Jackie Robinson foundation by bidding on a ‘Jackie Jersey’ worn during an official MLB game April 15th, 2007.
Last month Ken Griffey Jr. called Bud Selig, the Commissioner of MLB with a simple proposal: that he be allowed to wear Jackie Robinson’s #42 on his jersey for the 60th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. Baseball permanently retired #42 from all jerseys in 1997 – the 50th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. The only exceptions were those who were already wearing the number; when they retired, no one else could again wear #42.
Bud Selig thought it was a great idea, but asked Ken Griffey Jr. if he could run it by his committee first. When he called Griffey back, he asked if Griffey would mind if others also had the opportunity to wear #42 in honor of Robinson. Of course, Griffey agreed.
Sunday, April 15th, is the 60th anniversary, and so far over 150 MLB players have agreed to wear jersey #42, including 3 entire teams.
Each jersey will be authenticated by MLB and auctioned off. All proceeds from the jersey auctions will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which supports education.
MLB has had similar promotions in the past, when on Mother’s Day, many players used pink bats. The bats were then auctioned off to promote the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
This is a great opportunity to own a piece of American history, and support a wonderful cause!