Monday, April 15, 2013
Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium will be decorated with prominently placed 42 logos on the pitching mound, dugout, near the foul pole and baselines. There will also be Jackie Robinson Day jeweled bases and lineup cards and a special tribute video that will be shown in-stadium. The Dodgers’ uniformed personnel will all wear number 42. The Dodgers will be joined by Jackie’s wife Rachel, Sharon and Jackie’s son David Robinson. The Dodgers will also pay tribute to Dodger Hall of Fame catcher and three-time NL MVP Award winner Roy Campanella and Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman, 1956 NL MVP and Cy Young Award Winner Don Newcombe.
The 17-member choir of Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s church home, West Angeles Church of God In Christ, will sing the national anthem. Kelley Jakle, the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers’ General Manager who signed Jackie Robinson, will sing “God Bless America.”
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford who stars in Warner Bros. Pictures “42” as Brooklyn Dodgers’ GM Branch Rickey. Sharon Robinson will officially start the game with “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”
Tomorrow’s Veterans of the Game are two members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators in the U.S. military, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Lumpkin of Los Angeles and Major Levy Thorn Hill of Virginia.
Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson will host several celebrities and local government dignitaries at a pregame reception (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 pm.). Additionally, more than 200 Dodger fans who purchased a special $42 ticket will attend a Loge Terrace reception (5:10 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.) with Dodger alumni Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas, “Sweet Lou” Johnson, Maury Wills, Tommy Davis and Ron Cey. Johnson will also visit with these fans.
Sharon Robinson will hold a book signing of her new book, “Jackie Robinson: American Hero,” from the first through third innings in the Right Field tent store.
The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella Statue presented by the film “42” in theatres now.