Cubs (2-7) Honoring No.42

No.42

Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball appropriately retired Jackie Robinson’s No.42 in 1997.

With league-wide support in 2004 baseball instituted a dedication of Jackie Robinson Day to be held each season on April 15th, the date now 65 years ago, when Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Since 2009, and as we saw Sunday in St. Louis during the Cubs vs. Cardinals game, all players and on-field personnel wear Robinson’s No.42 in honor of the courageous man who broke the game’s color barrier in 1947.

I’ll make it a point to say I’m also in favor of permanently retiring the No.21 worn by the great Roberto Clemente, for he too helped break down barriers and build bridges for Latin American baseball players.

Out of curiosity I took a look at the Cubs record on Jackie Robinson Day since 2004. Not surprisingly, Chicago is but (2-7).  So Cubs.

Here’s a closer look: 

2004

Pittsburgh

Won

10-5

2005

@ Pittsburgh

Lost

5-8

2006

@ Pittsburgh

Lost

1-2

2007

Cincinnati

Lost

0-1

2008

Cincinnati

Won

9-5

2009

Colorado

Lost

2-5

2010

Milwaukee

Lost

6-8

2011

@ Colorado

Lost

0-5

2012

@ St. Louis

Lost

3-10

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