By Britt Bickel
April 15th marks the official MLB’s ‘Jackie Robinson Day’, a day that celebrates and honors the great American baseball player at baseball stadiums across the nation, especially here at Dodgers Stadium.
To mark the 67th anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s first time putting on a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in 1947 and breaking down color barriers in the Major Leagues, the boys in blue will pay tribute to Jackie by proudly wearing the number ’42’ along with all major league teams during tonight’s game against the Giants in San Francisco at 7:15 p.m.
“It is truly our honor to celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie, a Dodger whose impact spans generations,” said LADF Executive Director and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus Nichol Whiteman in a statement. “As an organization, the pride we feel in being part of Jackie’s club is humbling each and every day. We are committed always to carrying on Jackie’s legacy, both on and off the field.”
Back here at Dodger Stadium, Jackie Robinson Day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. when “youngsters ages 8 to 16 from Challengers Boys & Girls Club in South Los Angeles take the field for a baseball clinic led by Dodger Alumni League members Al “The Bull” Ferrara, Kenny Landreaux and Derrel Thomas,” according to Dodgers official website.
At 5:30, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will host 30 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and Alumni, students from USC and UCLA by giving them a private tour of Dodger Stadium and special dinner in the event suite.
More MLB Jackie Robinson Day celebrations will take place around the nation. In New York, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s daughter and MLB Educational Programming Consultant and author, and MLB Network analysts Harold Reynolds and Cliff Floyd will light the Empire State Building “Dodger Blue” in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.