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April 15th, Jackie Robinson Day

Postby eftda » Thu Apr 15, 2004 1:59 am

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The first of what is to be an annual Jackie Robinson Day celebration is set for Thursday. All clubs playing at home will host a tribute to the former Brooklyn Dodgers great, who on April 15, 1947, was the first player to break the major league color barrier.

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At each park, except Wrigley Field, a video tribute to Robinson will be played at pregame ceremonies. Several Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars will participate in ceremonies at many of the 13 ballparks


Glad to see that MLB has not forgotten those that made the game what it is.
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Postby eftda » Thu Apr 15, 2004 2:15 am

In case you are as excited as I am about Baseball honoring its past, here is another link.

Jackie Robinson Day Link
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 15, 2004 3:14 am

I was at SkyDome a few years ago on April 15th, the night they retired #42 from all major league teams, except for those already wearing it. Mo Vaughn was one, but he seems to be done. Any others with #42 still?
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Postby Madison » Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:41 am

"I have often stated that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came on April 15, 1947, when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field,"Selig said. "On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime. Fifty years after that historic event, in April 1997, I was proud to join Rachel Robinson and President Bill Clinton at Shea Stadium to honor Jackie by retiring his uniform number 42 in perpetuity. By establishing April 15 as 'Jackie Robinson Day' throughout Major League Baseball, we are further ensuring that the incredible contributions and sacrifices he made -- for baseball and society -- will not be forgotten."



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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu Apr 15, 2004 7:41 pm

I think it is great how MLB has chosen to honor one of the pioneers of the game.... ;-D
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Postby DK » Thu Apr 15, 2004 7:57 pm

LBJackal wrote:I was at SkyDome a few years ago on April 15th, the night they retired #42 from all major league teams, except for those already wearing it. Mo Vaughn was one, but he seems to be done. Any others with #42 still?



I think Mo (I mean Mariano Mo) still has #42.

Let's honor the other pioneers too. God bless Jackie Robinson, but guys like Larry (Doby) endured just as much hatred.
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Postby la dodgers » Thu Apr 15, 2004 11:08 pm

Madison wrote:
"I have often stated that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came on April 15, 1947, when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field,"Selig said. "On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime. Fifty years after that historic event, in April 1997, I was proud to join Rachel Robinson and President Bill Clinton at Shea Stadium to honor Jackie by retiring his uniform number 42 in perpetuity. By establishing April 15 as 'Jackie Robinson Day' throughout Major League Baseball, we are further ensuring that the incredible contributions and sacrifices he made -- for baseball and society -- will not be forgotten."



One of the very few intelligent things I've heard Selig say. ;-D

Wonder who wrote it for him? :-? Lol. :-D


he couldnt have hes to much of an a** to right anything like this someone else wrote it he just said it
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Postby Los Angeles Cubs » Thu Apr 15, 2004 11:33 pm

I remeber Butch Huskey had #42 at the time.
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