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Weeks takes particular pride in donning No. 42

MILWAUKEE -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks remembers fans hurling racial epithets at him in college, so it is with particular pride each April that he dons a uniform with Jackie Robinson's No. 42.

The Brewers and Giants were off Monday, so instead they recognized Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday, 66 years and one day after Robinson broke baseball's color barrier by debuting with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig,  Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.

"It's one of those times we get to recognize [Robinson], what he went through to pave the way for people like me and other guys in this room," Weeks said. "They have to be proud of that."

Weeks saw the Robinson film "42" in St. Louis on Saturday with his fiancée, and gave a positive review. He is glad that filmmakers depicted with such jarring brutality the treatment Robinson received from fans, opponents and even some teammates.

"I can tell you that I've been part of some stuff like that, personally," he said, referring to his days at Southern University. "Going to the movie, I knew it was going to be harsh, but that's just how life is sometimes. I'm glad they put that in the forefront."

All of the Brewers and Giants -- and even the umpires -- wore No. 42 at Miller Park on Tuesday night, when the game-time temperature outside the heated dome was, appropriately, 42 degrees.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.
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