MLB celebrates 5th “Jackie Robinson day”

Major League Baseball today announced that the national celebration of Jackie Robinson’s entry into the Major Leagues will take place at Shea Stadium on Tuesday, April 15th, the league’s official “Jackie Robinson Day. Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s wife,(who I had the honor of fetching water for at a JRF event) and Sharon Robinson, Jackie’s daughter, will join Bob DuPuy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, in an on-field recognition of Jackie Robinson’s legacy prior to the start of the Washington Nationals-New York Mets game. Four Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars will accompany them on the field for a special recognition. One scholar also will have ceremonial first pitch honors. The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year college scholarships to minority students with records of academic distinction and leadership capacity. It strives to cultivate future leaders who will be ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s guiding life tenet, “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.” Major League Baseball and its Clubs have a long history of supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Since 1996, financial support for the Jackie Robinson Foundation from Baseball and its Clubs has been nearly $10 million. Clubs playing at home on Tuesday, April 15th will commemorate “Jackie Robinson Day” with special pregame ceremonies in their ballparks, all of which will feature Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and will showcase activities that reflect Robinson’s legacy. Clubs that are not playing on April 15th will hold “Jackie Robinson Day” celebrations at a later date. Clubs will also be using ceremonial home plates, base jewels and lineup cards that will include the “Jackie Robinson Day” logo. On April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s entry into Major League Baseball, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced that Robinson’s Number 42 would be retired throughout baseball and would never again be issued to on-field personnel. He temporarily suspended the retirement for the 60th anniversary and will do so again for this year’s 61st anniversary. The way to treat a true hero and his legacy.

Check out my past conversation with Della Britton-Baeza, the President/CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation here.

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