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April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New York's game against the Chicago Cubs, but rain forced the game, and the ceremony, to be delayed until Wednesday. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance for the unveiling of a plaque to honor late South African leader Nelson Mandela.
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April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New York's game against the Chicago Cubs, but rain forced the game, and the ceremony, to be delayed until Wednesday. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance for the unveiling of a plaque to honor late South African leader Nelson Mandela.
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April 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Over the years, the brash young kid has become a respectful student of history, even a teacher. On a recent day in Arizona, while most of his teammates were watching the Masters in the visiting clubhouse, Matt Kemp sat by himself in an adjacent room taking in a documentary about Jackie Robinson . "As I get older, I want to learn more," Kemp said. "Growing up, I knew about Jackie Robinson, but I didn't know about the significance of it the way I do now. " Kemp spoke at length Monday about Robinson's impact before the Dodgers celebrated Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.
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April 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Over the years, the brash young kid has become a respectful student of history, even a teacher. On a recent day in Arizona, while most of his teammates were watching the Masters in the visiting clubhouse, Matt Kemp sat by himself in an adjacent room taking in a documentary about Jackie Robinson . "As I get older, I want to learn more," Kemp said. "Growing up, I knew about Jackie Robinson, but I didn't know about the significance of it the way I do now. " Kemp spoke at length Monday about Robinson's impact before the Dodgers celebrated Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.
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March 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The New York Yankees won't rehire Jason Giambi's personal trainer, meaning Bobby Alejo cannot travel on team charters this season and can't supervise Giambi's pregame and postgame workouts in ballparks. After Commissioner Bud Selig's decision last month to enforce rules restricting clubhouse access, Giambi expressed hope that an arrangement could be worked out. "I think Jason is hopeful there is some avenue to work through," Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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October 27, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
- Jackie Robinson's daughter said Saturday she has agreed to join the Dodgers' board of directors, strengthening the bond between the team and its most historically significant alumnus. Sharon Robinson said she would represent her family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation on the Dodgers' board. In return, she said, the Dodgers' new owners would select a representative to serve on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Sharon Robinson appeared at Yankee Stadium last April 15, on the anniversary of the day her father broke the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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April 16, 2005 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers celebrated the legacy of Jackie Robinson on Friday, the 58th anniversary of the day he broke baseball's color barrier. In order to strengthen and enhance that legacy, owner Frank McCourt would like the Dodgers to play at home on the anniversary date each year. "I think it would be a great tribute to Jackie Robinson if we could celebrate this great day every year here at Dodger Stadium," McCourt said. Such a scheduling arrangement would not be unprecedented.
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April 14, 2007 | Zev Chafets, ZEV CHAFETS is the author of "A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists and One Man's Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance."
April 15, by decree of Major League Baseball, will be Jackie Robinson Day. On Sunday, a player on each big league team will be designated to wear Robinson's uniform number, 42. The Dodgers, Robinson's club in its Brooklyn incarnation, intend to go one better; every player will wear the hallowed number. Jackie Robinson Day is an exercise in racial public relations.
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April 13, 2008 | Bill Shaikin
It is easy, too easy in our culture, to condemn a man without hearing him out. One sound bite, one click, and judgment is passed. Torii Hunter sits at his locker, his eyes widening as he tells this story. He is a man of enormous compassion and abundant laughter, as popular among his peers as any player. We do not need a presidential election to learn that race still is an issue in this country, an uncomfortable issue.
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April 15, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Make no mistake: the Dodgers will one day make the San Diego Padres pay for what Carlos Quentin did to Zack Greinke. This is baseball. It will happen. Manager Don Mattingly hinted as much a couple of days ago. But if only for an evening, the Dodgers weren't thinking about revenge. Not on Monday, not with Jackie Robinson Day being celebrated at Dodger Stadium and news of devastation flooding in from Boston. Against this solemn backdrop, the Dodgers and Padres set aside their books of unwritten rules and played an uneventful game that the visitors from San Diego won, 6-3. "There's more to life than retaliating for something that, when you look at it and the things that Jackie did for us and what he had to go through, really isn't that big of a deal," Kemp said.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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April 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- A walk-off, 1-0 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field marked the end of the Dodgers' three-day break from a blood feud with the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers will return to Dodger Stadium on Monday to face the Padres, with whom they brawled four days earlier in San Diego. The bench-clearing incident resulted in a fracture in the non-throwing shoulder of Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, who underwent surgery and is expected to be out for eight weeks. The player who injured Greinke, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, won't play in the three-game series; he dropped his appeal and agreed to start serving his eight-game suspension Sunday.
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April 5, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Baseball icon and Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson never played for the franchise in Los Angeles, but marketing and outreach efforts tied to a forthcoming biographical film about the famed second baseman are tapping the L.A. team.  The move by Warner Bros., which is distributing "42," makes sense. Robinson, universally revered for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, is a key part of the Dodgers' history. And the team's home is right in Warner Bros.' backyard.
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October 27, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
- Jackie Robinson's daughter said Saturday she has agreed to join the Dodgers' board of directors, strengthening the bond between the team and its most historically significant alumnus. Sharon Robinson said she would represent her family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation on the Dodgers' board. In return, she said, the Dodgers' new owners would select a representative to serve on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Sharon Robinson appeared at Yankee Stadium last April 15, on the anniversary of the day her father broke the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
In a year that has been so improbable, the incredible has happened. Not Magic. Not Hanley Ramirez. Not Adrian Gonzalez. Better than all of that. Vin Scully is coming back. The Dodgers are expected to announce Sunday that Scully will return to the Dodgers' broadcast booth next season. Scully has been the sound of summer in Southern California for more than half a century, from transistor radios to Twitter. We are blessed to be able to pull up a chair and spend part of another year with him. He will call it a career after one of these summers, and a city will lose its voice.
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March 22, 1995 | PETER DREIER, Peter Dreier, a Pasadena resident, is a professor of politics and director of the Public Policy Program at Occidental College. and
I recently talked with several teens hanging around Pasadena's Jackie Robinson Park, and only one had even the vaguest idea who Robinson was. Although 1997 marks the 50th anniversary of Robinson's courageous triumph over baseball's apartheid system, there is a great danger that our memory of this Pasadena native and American hero will soon fade away. Robinson first took the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform--the first black major leaguer--on April 16, 1947.
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April 15, 2007 | Bill Shaikin
Jackie Robinson Day, and the days after To Rachel Robinson, the sight of her husband's number on any uniform evokes pride and respect. Torii Hunter and C.C. Sabathia expressed dismay that so many players -- and several entire teams -- will wear No. 42 today in honor of Jackie Robinson. "It kind of waters it down," Sabathia told USA Today. Said Rachel Robinson: "I think it's a personal decision on the part of each player. I don't think so many will cheapen it.
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April 15, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Dee Gordon made an opening-day roster for the first time this spring, which meant he was also in a major league uniform Sunday for his first Jackie Robinson Day, baseball's annual tribute to the former Dodger who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. "I'm definitely honored," said Gordon who, like all big leaguers, wore Robinson's No. 42 on Sunday. "Wearing his number [shows] my respect for him. Last year I was in triple A and I watched those guys wear the jerseys and I thought, 'you know what?
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April 16, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
On the night every player in baseball wore No. 42 to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues, Orlando Hudson said that Robinson "would probably turn over in his grave" seeing how few African Americans are in the game. Hudson, who is African American, said he has had black kids tell him, "Orlando, I can't play that white man's game."
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