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Dodgers to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson tomorrow04/14/2011 2:30 PM ET
The Dodgers announced today the club will pay tribute to Jackie Robinson tomorrow on the anniversary of his breaking the color barrier. Robinson's tribute will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a panel discussion at Crenshaw High School. Special Advisor to the Chairman and former teammate of Robinson Don Newcombe will moderate the panel, which will include "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Tommy Davis and Maury Wills, as well as current Dodgers Matt Kemp, James Loney, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Xavier Paul and Dodger prospect and Crenshaw High School alumnus Trayvon Robinson. The group will speak on Jackie Robinson's legacy and the historical changes that he affected on society. The Dodgers will also donate tickets to the entire Crenshaw High School student body for a Crenshaw High School Night on June 13.
"The Dodgers and Jackie Robinson have been a team for so many years and they remain a team today," said Newcombe. "I look forward to helping the next generation of Americans learn all about who Jackie was and how much he means to so many people."
Prior to the 7:10 p.m. game versus St. Louis, the Dodgers' "Team 42" scholars will be joined on the field by Newcombe for a pre-game tribute to 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 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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