Magic, Dodgers to honor Robinson on Monday

Magic, Dodgers to honor Robinson on Monday

CHICAGO -- The Dodgers open their first homestand under new ownership Monday night with a tribute to Jackie Robinson's legacy that will include his widow, Rachel Robinson.

At the invitation of Guggenheim Baseball Management partner Magic Johnson, Rachel Robinson will be part of the first pitch ceremony for the Dodgers-Giants game. Johnson will escort Robinson, along with Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn teammate and Dodgers executive Don Newcombe, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"I am here thanks to the sacrifices made by Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and others of their era that overcame similar hardships, and turned challenges into opportunities, creating a Dodger legacy that endures today," said Johnson, who has broken the Major League owners color barrier as Robinson did the player color barrier.

"Our debt to Jackie for his impact on society, and athletes like me, can never be repaid. It will truly be an honor to stand with Rachel and Don, as I join the Dodgers in our mission to make Jackie proud by doing everything in our power to help this iconic team return to its rightful place atop Major League Baseball."

Joining Rachel Robinson will be daughter Sharon and grandson Jesse Simms.

Jeffrey Osborne will perform the national anthem and "God Bless America" at the game, which will be the first one reflecting the drop in parking prices from $15 to $10, as was announced by Johnson at Wednesday's introductory press conference.