Astros wearing 'equality' shirts to honor Jackie Robinson

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He will, like every player in the big leagues Saturday, honor Jackie Robinson by exchanging his usual jersey for one bearing No. 42.

Though, the Houston Astros have apparently taken to this to a whole new level. After Branch Rickey announced that the second baseman would be on the Opening Day roster, longtime Dodger Dixie Walker began circulating a petition among his teammates to have Robinson removed from the team.

"It's emotional", Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon said this week.

This is a tremendous way to pay respect to a man that did so much for the game of baseball and the larger society as a whole. "I liked playing baseball although we never thought we could get to the major leagues until Jackie Robinson broke the color line" he told Marty.

Though the details are sketchy, it is generally believed Robinson wore No. 9 during spring training with the Montreal Royals in 1946, the year before he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Campanis and Jackie Robinson were close friends until Robinson's death from a heart attack in 1972, their friendship dating to their days as Dodgers minor leaguers in Montreal in 1946. It weights 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod. That's where the Georgia-born Jackie grew up and first became a four-sport standout in football, basketball, track and baseball at John Muir High.

"They really wanted me to get the likeness and I assured them I'd be working very hard on that", he said.

Robinson's 94-year-old widow, Rachel, also is scheduled to be there, along with Sharon and David, the Robinsons' son.

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with sculptor Branly Cadet of Oakland, California. The world is a huge place with so many different people, and Jackie helped bring many of them together to enjoy this game we all love together. I was still too young to fully process Robinson's impact.