CHICAGO - For one day, a number so hallowed it has been retired across all major league teams will be honored by coming out of retirement.
On April 15, select players from each major league team will set aside their own numbers for one game and don No. 42 to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson.
For Minnesota, Torii Hunter, Rondell White and first-base coach Jerry White will wear Robinson's number.
Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. first approached Commissioner Bud Selig to ask if he could wear Robinson's number on the 60th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut. Selig agreed and decided to expand the invitation.
"I promise you," Hunter said, "I'm honored. I'm honored to wear that number."
Hunter has long led a campaign to bring more young African-Americans into the game of baseball. Last year, he founded the Torii Hunter Project with the goal of providing funding and opportunity for young people to play baseball. (Learn more about the project at www.toriihunter48.com.)
Wearing Robinson's number, Hunter said, is a chance to remind some and teach others how important figures like Robinson are in baseball history.
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