PASADENA, Calif. (AP) –– UCLA is honoring Jackie Robinson by retiring the former four-sport athlete’s iconic No. 42 for all of its athletic teams.
The school announced the honor Saturday night during the Bruins’ football game against Southern California.READ MORE: Rain Expected Sunday Night Into Monday In Southland
Robinson played baseball, basketball and football and ran track at UCLA from 1939-41 before breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The No. 42 was painted on the Rose Bowl turf.READ MORE: Weekend Closure Of 101 Freeway Stretch Near DTLA Planned For Viaduct Project
Although Robinson wore No. 28 as a UCLA football player, the school chose his historic Dodgers number for the program-wide honor.
UCLA is honoring the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s arrival on campus. On Friday, the school collectively named 22 sports facilities the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex.MORE NEWS: CHP Issues Sig Alert After Fatal Crash On 101 Freeway
Three UCLA athletes who currently wear No. 42 will continue to wear it until they graduate.