Mariano Rivera and No. 42

An era ends as Rivera's last Jackie Robinson Day as an active player arrives

Originally Published: April 15, 2013
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera, the Yankees' Hall of Fame-bound closer, keeps insisting that he expects his overriding emotion during this, his last season, to be joy. But he also knows that being the last major leaguer still wearing Jackie Robinson's No. 42 every day of the season confers on him an extra distinction that carries the import of his career's end far beyond New York: When he goes, Robinson's number will go into retirement with him. The only exception will be the one day ...

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