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MLB NEWS & NOTES: MO WOULD GET THE BLUES ON GIVING OVER 42
Published April 17, 1997
The Red Sox' Mo Vaughn said he was approached by the MLBPA in Spring Training and asked to change his number from 42 so MLB could retire it in honor of Jackie Robinson, according to Sean McAdam of the Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN. Vaughn "refused," but said the MLBPA "kept pushing me (to change), but they understand." Vaughn said he discussed his decision with Rachel Robinson, who "agreed with his stand and encouraged him to remain firm in his desire to wear the number" (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 4/16). The NAPBL joined MLB in honoring Robinson by also retiring Number 42 (NAPBL). WILL THEY GET THEIR MAN? ESPN's Peter Gammons said "this time baseball may get it right" if it hires Blue Jays President Paul Beeston as MLB's CEO & Chief Administrator. "Beeston is trusted and he's liked by players and owners. And he understands what no outsider can comprehend: that owners have 30 different agendas" ("SportsCenter," 4/16).