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Rachel Robinson honored on Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson’s widow keeps legacy alive
Pictured, from left, are Rachel and Jackie Robinson. (Screenshot via: Jackie Robinson Foundation / YouTube)

Rachel Robinson is still promoting  Jackie Robinson‘s legacy well into 2024.

Rachel, the widow of Jackie, was carted around Citi Field during a New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game to celebrate the 77th anniversary of her husband breaking baseball’s color barrier.

Citi Field is in Queens, New York, which is about a 35-minute drive from Ebbets Field, the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, where Robinson made history.

Rachel went into the Mets’ clubhouse and shook hands with players on the current roster. Every Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball, each player on every team wears the No. 42.

One of the former Mets who spoke to Rachel on the field was Butch Huskey, the last Met to wear No. 42 before Rachel and former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and President Bill Clinton announced the number would be retired throughout the entire league in 1997.

Huskey developed a friendship with Rachel and received the OK from her to wear the number until he retired. He also told he wore the number after writing a report about Robinson in grade school.

“It’s a tremendous honor, first of all, to have been able to wear the number in honor of Jackie,” Huskey said during a press conference. “For him to have paved the way and what he went through for players like myself and people of color have the opportunity to play this game at a high level, it’s a tremendous honor.”

Before the game on April 15, Busro Robinson, Jackie’s grandson, threw the first pitch to Huskey.

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