It was 66 years ago today that Jackie Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's long-standing color barrier. Today, every player from the 18 teams in action will wear the No. 42 in his honor.
Robinson wasn't just one of the most important players in baseball history; he was also one of the finest performers of his generation. Jackie had a .311 lifetime average, won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947, the National League MVP in 1949 and played in six All-Star Games.
Once,Pee Wee Reese put his arm around Jackie Robinson and said "Someday maybe we'll all wear No. 42. Then they won't be able to tell us apart."
Today is that day.