The Los Angeles Dodgers will join the rest of Major League Baseball in celebrating the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut by breaking the baseball color streak in the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers players, manager Dave Roberts, and colleagues from the Jackie Robinson Foundation will join Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and son David in what the team describes as “an intimate discussion about Jackie and the Robinson family legacy in front of a Jackie Robinson statue in Centerfield Plaza” before the stadium gates open
All players and other field workers will wear Robinson’s number 42 as they have done every day with Jackie Robinson since 2009. For the first time, all teams will wear the blue Dodgers to their jersey number “42,” regardless of your primary team colors.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will join the rest of the Major League teams to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut in the league.
’42’ patches in team uniform colors will appear on the sleeves of Nike uniforms and on New Era hats. MLB will donate all authorized royalties from hat sales to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which was founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973, the year following her husband’s death at the age of 53. It offers four-year college scholarships to disadvantaged students of color.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
He retired No. 42 in all of Major League Baseball in 1997, on the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s April 15, 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Dodgers will have 75 special guests on the field during pre-game ceremonies: 42 researchers and alumni from the Jackie Robinson Foundation and 33 students from John Muir High School in Pasadena, from which Robinson is a graduate.
Jackie Robinson Day marks the start of Fundraising 42, a three-month effort by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the team’s official charitable organization, to raise money for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships.
Fans can donate by texting JACKIE42 to 41623. Proceeds from the Friday 50/50 raffle will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
An MLB-produced video, “Play, Pay, Win, Stand,” will be shown across all stadiums on Jackie Robinson’s Day, reflecting his legacy as a Hall of Fame and pioneering player, advocate for social justice, civil rights icon and entrepreneur and broadcaster.
The video also highlights the critical impact of Rachel Robinson on her family’s legacy, particularly through the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
The charity announced that Dodgers player David Price is among the players who have donated their salaries from Friday’s games to The Players Alliance to support struggling baseball teams in rural and inner city areas.
“Players sacrifice salary because they believe diversity is an asset that must be actively pursued,” said Curtis Granderson, former Dodgers player, chairman of The Players Alliance.
Players Alliance was formed by active and retired professional baseball players. She describes her mission as seeking to “address baseball’s systemic barriers to equality and inclusion by creating pathways of opportunity on and off the field to an undeniable source of black talent.”
“Our fans reflect all the racial, religious and professional levels that exist in the sport and are committed to supporting Jackie’s legacy by breaking down existing barriers,” Granderson said.
Career with dodgers
Robinson went uninjured on four strokes on his major league debut, but scored what turned out to be a game-winning win in Brooklyn’s 5-3 win over the Boston Braves in front of a declared crowd of 25,623 at Ibbits Stadium.
Robinson played his entire career in the league with the Brooklyn Dodgers, helping them win six National League titles during his ten seasons, and in 1955, the only world championship in Brooklyn.
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Robinson’s successful integration with Major League Baseball is credited with helping to change Americans’ attitudes toward blacks and being a catalyst for later civil rights advances.
“Seventy-five years ago, Jackie Robinson took to the field under incredibly difficult circumstances and unimaginable pressure. However, through his courage, character, skills and values, he brought about much-needed change to our game and launched the civil rights movement in our country,” said the MLB commissioner Robert de Manfred Jr.
“During this special anniversary, it is MLB’s priority to honor Jackie’s contributions and legacy, recognize the impact Rachel has made through the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and continue to keep Jackie’s memory and values alive for the MLS generation of players and fans.”