3. It may not even be important or interesting to anyone but me. But has that ever stopped me before?
Toward the end of the New York Times story about an exhibition game between the Yankees and Dodgers at Ebbets Field on April 11, 1947 which was Jackie Robinson's first appearance in a major league uniform was this note:
Robinson wore No. 42 on the back of his Dodgers uniform.
Amazing that how a uniform number which seems to have so much written and talked about it now was just an afterthought when it happened. I don't know for sure, but I think Robinson got number 42 because that uniform was available and he was one of the last players to make the 1947 Dodgers out of spring training. The Dodgers would later use a #43 for pitcher Johnny Van Cuyk when he was called up in September.