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Robinson's impact celebrated by White Sox, MLB

TORONTO -- Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Monday.

As part of the tradition of honoring Robinson, who broke the color barrier in 1947, every player in baseball wore his No. 42 for the 66th anniversary of the historic milestone.

"Doing it throughout baseball makes sense, as far as baseball, and the significance of how everything has changed," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Not only sports, but society and his impact on it.

"I think it's only right for us to do something to honor him, and I think it's good that we do it every year."

Robinson, whose No. 42 was officially retired from baseball in 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, enjoyed a successful 10-year career in the Majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962.

The movie "42" -- a biopic film on Robinson -- was released over the weekend and landed the No. 1 spot at the box office across the United States.

Chris Toman is a contributor to
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