Baseball honored the 61st anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s entry into the Major Leagues on Tuesday with some of the special game worn jerseys headed for auction.
More than 330 players and on-field staff members from the 30 Major League Clubs donned the number 42 in celebration of 2008 Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday.
For the second consecutive year, Commissioner Bud Selig permitted any player, manager or coach to wear number 42 as part of Jackie Robinson Day festivities. Nine clubs – the Angels, Dodgers, Athletics, Pirates, Cardinals, Rays, Rangers, Mets and Nationals – had their entire rosters wear number 42. Three of Tuesday’s games – Nationals-Mets, Pirates-Dodgers and Angels-Rangers – featured all uniformed personnel wearing Robinson’s retired number.
The Dodgers game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation throughout the season.
Clubs also used ceremonial home plates, base jewels and lineup cards that include the "Jackie Robinson Day" logo.
While the Dodgers have announced their plans to make jerseys and other items available for sale via charity auctions, as yet none of the other clubs have released their plans for the items, although it’s likely some will be sold via MLB Auctions.