The Number 42

       On Friday night I was flipping through the TV channels and paused at the Yankees game.  One of the first things I saw was Yankee player number 42 in the outfield.  I asked myself, “What is Mariano Rivera doing in the outfield?”  And then I saw two more Yankees, both with number 42, on the field, and a Texas Rangers player with number 42 at bat.  Was this an episode of The Twilight Zone

       And then I got it.  Sixty-four years earlier, onApril 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, who is credited with breaking the Major League Baseball “color line,” put on his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, wearing number 42.  He was named Rookie of the Year that year, the National League Most Valuable Player two years later, and elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.  So my visions of 42 turned out to be a tribute to this great player… 

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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