NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees honored career saves leader Mariano Rivera in a 50 plus minute pregame ceremony.
Humble as ever, Mariano Rivera began his special day by paying tribute to a Hall of Famer.
The New York Yankees retired Rivera’s No. 42 Sunday, and the great reliever honored Jackie Robinson during a ceremony in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.
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Robinson’s No. 42 was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the day the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman broke baseball’s color barrier. Players wearing 42 at the time were grandfathered.
“It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be the last player to ever wear number 42,” Rivera said during the 50-minute ceremonies before the last regular-season day home game of his 19-season career.
As Rivera stood nearby, Robinson’s wife Rachel unveiled a plaque dedicated to Jackie. Then with his wife and three sons, Rivera uncovered his number — changed from Robinson’s Dodger Blue to Yankees navy — that will be on display in Monument Park alongside the 15 other retired Yankees numbers, honoring 16 players and managers.
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