Dodgers to celebrate Robinson's legacy all weekend

Dodgers to celebrate Robinson's legacy all weekend

SAN DIEGO -- Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, but the Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles will be celebrating all weekend.

It starts on Friday, officially declared Jackie Robinson Day by the L.A. City Council. A private screening of the Warner Bros. feature film "42" is planned for more than 200 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Los Angeles (RBI-LA) youngsters Saturday.

On Sunday, the Dodgers will host an RBI clinic for 250 youth from greater Los Angeles RBI programs. Prior to Monday's celebration at Dodger Stadium, a visit to Washington Middle School in Pasadena is planned with Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, Dodgers alumnus Tommy Davis and Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, author, MLB educational programming consultant and vice chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The Dodgers will host Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, and her family at Monday's game.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.

"Jackie's impact on baseball, society and the lives of our children and our children's children is unmatched. I'm humbled to celebrate a great Dodger and a better man," said Dodgers partner Magic Johnson.

The Dodgers will also pay tribute to Dodgers Hall of Fame catcher and three-time NL MVP Award winner Roy Campanella and Dodgers special advisor to the chairman, 1956 National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Don Newcombe pregame.

The 17-member choir of Johnson's church home, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, will sing the national anthem. Kelley Jakle -- the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager who signed Jackie Robinson -- will sing "God Bless America." The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Harrison Ford, who stars in Warner Bros. Pictures "42" as Rickey. Rachel Robinson will officially start the game with "It's Time for Dodger Baseball!"

The Dodgers also will salute the Tuskegee Airmen during the game Monday night and Warner Bros. Pictures will provide a commemorative statuette of Robinson, Campanella and Newcombe to the first 40,000 attending the game against the Padres.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.