Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dodgers To Pay Tribute To Jackie Robinson Tomorrow



Earlier this morning I posted the upcoming highlights for the four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. {linked here}

I didn't have much details on tomorrows game until now.

Prior to the 7:10 p.m. game versus St. Louis, the Dodgers’ “Team 42” scholars will be joined on the field by Don Newcombe for a pre-game tribute to Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers Dream Foundation funds 42 college scholarships each year as part of the “Team 42” program. The Dodgers’ Veteran of the Game ceremony will honor Tuskegee Airman Theodore J. Lumpkin. Broadway singer and actress Jenifer Lewis will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.


Newcombe will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Matt Kemp and video tributes to Robinson will be shown on the Dodgervision board prior to the game and in-between innings.


All Dodger players and coaches will also once again wear number 42 to honor the 64th anniversary and enduring impact of Robinson breaking the color barrier. Dodger players will sign their jerseys which will be auctioned off at a later date to benefit the DDF and Jackie Robinson Foundation. Major League Baseball has dedicated April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day throughout baseball, as Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Tomorrow, MLB will launch a new site for fans, www.iam42.com.

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