Sunday, April 15, 2012
Robinson family proud of Mariano
Only one player in the majors still wears No. 42, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The number was retired in 1997 in honor of Jackie Robinson, but all players wearing that number at the time were allowed continue wearing it.
Fifteen years later, Rivera is the only one still playing and the Robinson family is proud of the Yankees closer.
"We love him. He's done some work with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and he's a really good guy," said Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter. "If you have one last person wearing it, I'm very happy it's Mo. He's wearing it proudly. He's a really positive person."
Sunday marked the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, and his family was honored before the Yankees battled the Angels.