Dodgers, MLB honor No. 42

IMG_1232LOS ANGELES-Jackie, we never forget. Major League baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers have made sure that future generations will know the nam of Jackie Robinson, the man responsible for bringing down the racial wall in sports. Therefore, the honor of celebration of Robinson has sort of been etched in stone, rather in material, as all ballclubs under MLB wear the No. 42 once every year to pay homage to the Brookyln Dodgers hero.

Rachel Robinson with Dodgers infielder  Jimmy Rollins before LA beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 in Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline.com
Rachel Robinson with Dodgers infielder Jimmy Rollins before LA beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 in Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline.com

Ceasar Ravine  played host to the MLB’s Civil Rights Game with the Dodgers coming out on top against the Seattle Mariners with a 5-2 win. But before the Dodgers lit up the Mariners with five runs through the  first three innings, there was the celebration of Jackie Robinson  Day that preceded the game. It was a grand celebration that Robinson would have been proud of as his widow, Rachel Robinson entered the stadium arm and arm with the great Sandy Koufax.

Rachel Robinson with Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax during pregame festivities of Jackie Robinson Day. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline.com
Rachel Robinson with Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax during pregame festivities of Jackie Robinson Day. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline.com

Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the big leagues was honored. Tyrese Gibson (Furious 5) sung the national anthem and appearances by Don Newcombe, Magic Johnson and Kenny Smith made the celebration worthwhile.

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