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Dodgers plan series of activities for Jackie Robinson celebration

April 15, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Sharon Robinson is interviewed by the media at Washington Middle School in Pasadena
Sharon Robinson is interviewed by the media at Washington Middle School… (Francine Orr / Los Angeles…)

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.

-- Sharon Robinson is set to call out the game-starting “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

-- Kelly Jakle, the great-granddaughter of Rickey, is scheduled to sing “God Bless America.”

-- The first 40,000 in attendance are to receive a statuette of Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and Robinson.

-- The "veterans of the game" are two former Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Col. Theodore Lumpkin and Maj. Levy Thorn Hill

-- Sharon Robinson is scheduled to sign copies of her book, “Jackie Robinson: American Hero,” from the first to third innings in the right-field tent store.

A complete schedule can be found here. Gates are to open early, beginning at 4:10 p.m. for season-ticket holders and at 4:40 p.m. for the general public.

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