Hall to honor Jackie Robinson

Hall to honor Jackie Robinson

MILWAUKEE -- Bill Hall will honor the memory of Jackie Robinson by wearing No. 42 when the Brewers play at St. Louis on April 15, when Major League Baseball pays tribute to the man who broke the league's color barrier.

Robinson debuted with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947, and as part of the 50th anniversary of that event in 1997, MLB retired No. 42 throughout the game. Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. lobbied MLB for permission to wear the number for this year's 60th anniversary celebration and other teams were encouraged to take part.

Hall stepped up. He is one of three African-Americans, along with first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, in Milwaukee's starting lineup.

The entire Dodgers team will wear No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. Other confirmed participants include the Giants' Barry Bonds, the Tigers' Gary Sheffield, the Astros' Carlos Lee and the Cubs' Derrek Lee.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.