MLB Prepping For Tomorrow's Annual Jackie Robinson Day Festivities
MLB tomorrow will commemorate the 64th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color line with a wide collection of initiatives encompassing on-field events, community functions, and TV and online extensions. Every player in the league tomorrow will again wear Robinson's No. 42, the third consecutive year that has been done. A new website, IAm42.com, will debut for Jackie Robinson Day, featuring in part videos from 64 current and former MLB players discussing the legacy and impact of the late HOFer, with the number 64 specifically chosen to tie into the current anniversary number. Players participating in that effort include fellow HOFers Andre Dawson, Lou Brock and Ernie Banks, Yankees Ps CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera and Mets 3B David Wright. MLB Network Saturday will air a new MLB Productions special, "Letters From Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson," featuring personal letters he sent during his lifetime, including ones to Branch Rickey and Martin Luther King Jr. Though Jackie Robinson Day commemorations will be held tomorrow in every MLB ballpark, the hub of the in-venue events will be at Yankee Stadium, where Robinson's widow, Rachel, will appear along with a group of Tuskegee Airmen. Before the Rangers-Yankees game, Robinson and MLB execs will also appear in Newark for a ceremony for that city's Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities (RBI) program, as well as at another event in Brooklyn for the league's Breaking Barriers youth essay contest.