It is going to seem strange on Monday night when Dan Baker, the Phillies PA announcer, bellows the starting lineup:
“Batting first, #42, Jimmy Rollins; batting second, #42, Shane Victorino; batting third, #42, Chase Utley, etc.”
All the Phillies as well as all the Houston Astros will be wearing uniform #42 on Monday night.
Jackie Robinson Day festivities were originally scheduled for Sunday, April 15 (60 years after he broke baseball’s color barrier) but it got washed out at Citizens Bank Park by the nor’easter. The Phillies and Astros were going to wear the jerseys that day.
The game and the festivities were reset for Monday. (For a complete list of the pre-game activities on Monday check out the “Phillies’ Robinson Tribute Set for April 23” story in the Official Releases on this site).
Any player who wore #42 for the baseball-wide tribute will autograph the jersey. Major League Baseball will auction all the jerseys with proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
One interesting historical note: Robinson, playing first base and batting second, was 1-for-4 with two runs scored against the Phillies 60 years ago on April 23. It was Robinson’s second game against the Phillies (2-for-4 in a 1-0 win on April 22).
The second-place Brooklyn Dodgers (3-2) defeated the third-place Phillies (4-3), 5-2, at Ebbets Field on that Wednesday night, April 23.