Jackie Robinson Day Still Special
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It’s been seventy-two years since Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and its a day celebrated in sports unlike any other. Robinson’s number 42. There are ceremonies in ball-parks around the country.
The one at Dodger Stadium was special in that it featured Robinson’s widow Rachael, also Sharon his daughter, and son David.
Musician Herbie Hancock MCeed a ceremony that featured more than forty scholars from the Jackie Robinson Foundation lined up along the third and first base lines.
The foundation has a graduation rate of 98%. It’s scholars attend colleges through-out the country including: UCLA, USC, and St Mary’s College.
On this night Sharon and David would have the honor of throwing out the first pitch to Dodger skipper Dave Roberts and catcher Russell Martin. They both were perfect strikes.
“It’s because of Jackie Robinson that I am where I am today,” said Robert’s. ‘He made it possible for a lot of people to be able to be in this game.”
Some 52,974 looked on as the Dodgers edged out the Reds on a 9th inning walk-off home run by Joc Pederson. It was his 7th of the season to go with his league leading 23 RBI’s. Kenley Jansen got the win.