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BCubb2003
03-01-2006, 08:53 PM
What major-leaguer is still wearing Jackie Robinson's number?

Caseyfan21
03-01-2006, 09:28 PM
I know Mariano Rivera is, I'm assuming he must be the only one then.

BCubb2003
03-01-2006, 09:39 PM
You're right. Jose Lima tried to get the number this season, but was rejected.

shredda2000
03-02-2006, 11:16 AM
I know Mariano Rivera is, I'm assuming he must be the only one then.

I thought Major League Baseball retired the number. Why is Rivera allowed to wear that number?

Please educate me.

RedsManRick
03-02-2006, 11:20 AM
Rivera had the number before Jackie's number was retired. They grandfathered in the use of the number by any active player who already used it. Mariano is simply the last active guy who had the number at the time.

That's my understanding at least.

BEETTLEBUG
03-02-2006, 11:25 AM
I thought Pop's Ortiz still wore number?

Danny Serafini
03-02-2006, 11:38 AM
Ortiz is #34

shredda2000
03-02-2006, 11:49 AM
Rivera had the number before Jackie's number was retired. They grandfathered in the use of the number by any active player who already used it. Mariano is simply the last active guy who had the number at the time.

That's my understanding at least.

Thanks for the information...thats what I thought...but I thought is was retired before Rivera's career began...my bad.

jmcclain19
03-02-2006, 12:00 PM
I thought I remember that Lima, Rivera and Mo Vaughn were the only three grandfathered in when that happened.

Danny Serafini
03-02-2006, 01:07 PM
I'm pretty sure Mike Jackson was wearing 42 for the Reds at the time, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.

Red Leader
03-02-2006, 02:37 PM
I thought I remember that Lima, Rivera and Mo Vaughn were the only three grandfathered in when that happened.

I believe there were more, but those 3 were definately grandfathered in. Problem is that Lima changed his number (last year or the year before) and then tried to get #42 back. They said no.

Reds Nd2
03-02-2006, 03:27 PM
I'm pretty sure Mike Jackson was wearing 42 for the Reds at the time, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.

He was wearing #42, but he was wearing it for the Cleveland Indians in '97 when MLB retired it. He wore it for two more seasons, before wearing #38 for the Astros in 2001. He again wore #42 in 2002 while with the Twins.

Danny Serafini
03-02-2006, 04:09 PM
Thanks for clearing that up. Maybe he was the last #42 for the Reds and that was what I was thinking of.

Reds Nd2
03-02-2006, 04:19 PM
That honor would go to Roger Salkeld, (http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/salkero01.shtml)who started nineteen games for the Reds in '96.