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Jackie Robinson

Mariners welcome back Griffey, retiring No. 24 on all levels

Ken Griffey Jr. paused and for a moment the joking stopped. Junior became thoughtful and reflective about the idea of his No. 24 hanging next to Jackie Robinson's No. 42 as the only numbers retired at Safeco Field.

"Having my number next to him, I don't think I did half of what he did," Griffey said. "Baseball-wise, yeah you're going to look at numbers and things like that, but the way he went about his life and the things he did off the field, nobody can compare to that. He is a trailblazer in more ways than one."

Griffey's whirlwind following his election to the Hall of Fame earlier this week came to an appropriate end on Friday night when he walked...