LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Dodgers were the first team in Major League Baseball history to integrate. So it is fitting that the ballclub that brought us Jackie Robinson, would salute other African Americans considered to be icons in the sport.
On a night where the Dodgers’ bats did most of the talking against the New York Mets in the opening salvo of a short series at Dodger Stadium, three legends were celebrated. The Dodgers racked up 10 runs in defeating the Mets by the score of 10-6 on Monday, June 19. Thanks to a couple of dingers, the Dodgers got out early and didn’t look back.
But before the Dodgers put up their offensive display, the team honored three legendary major league baseball players in Don Newcombe, Maury Wills and Frank Robinson during the pre-game ceremony as part of the franchise’s African American Heritage Night celebration.
The 91-year-old Newcombe was the 1949 National League Rookie of the Year, the 1956 Cy Young Award winner and won the National League MVP the same year. The base-stealing Wills led the league in steals in six years, including his breakout 104 stolen bases in 1962. Robinson, a Hall of Fame player, became the first African American to become a manager in Major League Baseball in 1974.