MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers were all wearing No. 42 on Sunday in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day around Major League Baseball. This is the fourth straight year that wearing No. 42 has been a part of the Jackie Robinson Day celebration.
"I love it," infielder Michael Young said. "I think this is a great day for baseball. It's important to reflect on one of the greatest citizens in our country's history. We all know what he did for baseball, but just to be able to celebrate a great human is very important to us."
"It's a symbol of where the game has come," said Ron Washington, who is currently one of only two African-American managers in the game. "I'm only in this position because of what Jackie Robinson did. Somebody had to start it, and he did."
April 15, 1947, is the day that Robinson played in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke baseball's color barrier. The Rangers are 2-1 wearing the No. 42 on their backs, including a 19-6 victory over the Orioles when Ian Kinsler hit for the cycle in 2009. He had six hits that day, including two home runs.