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Mariano Rivera the Last to Wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42

NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the Yankees home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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nyyankeefan foreverContributor IApril 15, 2010

I just came across a fun baseball fact you may already know, but if not, you'll want to share like I did.

Today is Jackie Robinson Day throughout MLB, and every player, coach, manager, and umpire will be wearing No. 42.

However, the only MLB player actually wearing 42 on his regulation uniform is the Yankees' Mariano Rivera.

The number was retired in 1997 by all teams, but players who wore it at the time were allowed to keep it until they left baseball. Rivera is the last active player in baseball still wearing the number—or who will ever wear it again! Ain't that cool?

A greater representative of Robinson's legacy of excellence and sportsmanship I cannot imagine!

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