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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, all 25 Dodger players will don the Hall of Famer's number on the back of their uniform on April 15th, a stunning tribute that will charm everyone except the official scorer.

The number 42 was officially retired from MLB ten years ago, allowing those who still had the number to continue to wear it, but barring anyone new from sporting it. Currently only NY Yankees closer Mariano Rivera still has permission to wear the magic number.

Joining every Dodger a week from Sunday will be perennial all-stars Ken Griffey (who thought of the idea), Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, Derrek Lee, and NY Mets manager Willie Randolph.

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Absent will be Anaheim Angels outfielder Garret Anderson who isn't interested in participating because a) Griffey thought it up b) GA doesn't want to seem trendy.

"It wasn't my idea, and I'm not the type of person to jump on the bandwagon because someone else is doing something," Anderson said in the LA Times. "If I did it just because someone else was doing it, it would seem kind of empty to me."

The Angels reportedly asked their $50 million dollar man Gary Matthews Jr. if he would wear the number, and after he agreed, Anaheim thought it might be a good idea to ask permission from the Commissioner's office before they put their controversial free-agent-pickup back in the spotlight.