The anniversary is No. 66, which, although not particularly special numerically, feels more celebratory this year with the release of the film “42.”
That would be “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson integrating baseball and changing America, and also the No. 1 movie in the nation last week.
On Monday, baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day again, with all players wearing No. 42, but the main focus remains with the team Robinson broke in with, the Dodgers. His widow, Rachel Robinson, daughter Sharon, and son David, are to be in attendance at Dodger Stadium for the festivities.
Here are some planned activities for Monday’s game against the Padres:
-- Harrison Ford, who stars as Branch Rickey in “42,” is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
-- The 17-member choir from Magic Johnson’s home church, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, is to sing the national anthem.