April 15, 2007 marks the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. To commemorate this special event Commissioner Bud Selig and Rachel Robinson, wife of the late Robinson, will be on hand to participate in a special pre-game ceremony.
• Breaking Barriers on-field recognition
• Jackie Robinson Scholars on-field recognition
• Ode To Jackie (readings by celebrities)
• Musical Tribute: Choir performs "Oh Happy Day" performed
by choir from First African Methodist Church (the oldest
African-American church in Los Angeles, founded in 1872)
• Presentation by Commissioner Bud Selig to Rachel
• National Anthem Jennifer Hudson
• Ceremonial First Pitch Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson
In-game entertainment will feature multiple videos about Jackie's life and social impact as well as vignettes about other notable African American players and coaches in the game.
The celebration will be followed by a 5:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres in which all Dodger players and coaches will wear a jersey with the No. 42. The first 50,000 fans will receive a commemorative Jackie Robinson Poster - a replica of the original black and white charcoal sketching by Dodger pitcher Brett Tomko.