Wright appreciates chance to wear No. 42

Astros' Wright appreciates chance to wear No. 42

MIAMI -- With Major League Baseball celebrating Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, all of the Astros' players and coaches wore No. 42 with no names on the backs of their jerseys. Baseball retired the number league wide in 1997.

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Astros relief pitcher Wesley Wright, one of two African-Americans on the team, was honored to be able to wear the number used by Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.

"It means a lot to myself, knowing the history of it and all that Jackie Robinson and guys went through to integrate the game of baseball and allow guys like myself the chance to play the game on the greatest stage," Wright said. "It's definitely something I take a lot of pride in."

Wright appreciates the efforts baseball makes to keep Robinson's name in the forefront 65 years after he played in his first game.

"To be honest, just one day is tribute enough," Wright said. "It's a pretty big deal, and I'm happy to be able to wear the jersey on a day like today. It's something my grandfather and his father can all look back and see the progress we made in the game of baseball."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.