Freshman Brent Cork to Wear No. 42 Jersey for Sunday’s Doubleheader
To recognize the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's arrival to the Major Leagues, Siena Heights University will join with Major League Baseball Sunday to honor the African American pioneer.
The Saints’ baseball team, which hosts Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference rival Aquinas College for a Sunday noon doubleheader, will have its only African-American player don the number 42 jersey in honor of Robinson. Brent Cork (pictured), a Saginaw, Mich., native who ironically plays the same position as Robinson – second base – will wear the jersey with Robinson’s number as a tribute to the first person to cross professional baseball’s racial barrier.
“We know Major League Baseball will honor Robinson Sunday, and we believed it was appropriate to also acknowledge this event that changed the course of sports history,” said Siena Heights Baseball Coach John Kolasinski. “This is also an educational opportunity for our players. They should know who Jackie Robinson was, and what he stood for.”
Robinson made his Major League debut in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He hit .297, stole 29 bases and added 14 home runs to be named National League Rookie of the Year. In 1962, Robinson became the first African American elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sunday’s games are free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Scott Oliver at 517-264-7879.