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On April 15, 1997 Major League Baseball took the unusual move of retiring a number for all teams. On the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the major league color barrier, his number 42 was retired throughout the majors, at the order of Commissioner Bud Selig.

There is no doubting that Robinson is a revolutionary and deserves his number retired. He was the first African American to enter the major leagues, but that was not the only reason his jersey was retired.

Robinson had many accomplishments that for what he had to go through, could not be less appreciated such as:

1. Six all star games (1949-1954)

2. Rookie of the year in 1947

3. 1949 MVP for the National League

So now let us look at Clemente.

1.12 All Starselections (1960-1967, 1969-1972)

2. Two World Serieschampionships (1960, 1971)

3.12 time Gold Glove Awardwinner (1961-1972)

4.1966 MVP for the National League

5. 1971 World Series MVP

Roberto Clemente was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 and is the first player to have the mandatory five-year waiting period waived.

Clemente's No. 21 should be retired by all Major League teams, there is no reason why it shouldn't. Let's Make This So.

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