Don Newcombe, Tommy Lasorda, Frank Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others will participate in pre-game ceremonies
WHAT: In celebration of Jackie Robinson Night, Tommy Davis, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and former Laker and supporter of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be introduced on the field, as will Jackie Robinson Team 42 Scholars.
Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe, who was also a former teammate of Robinson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp and Newcombe and Abdul-Jabbar will address the crowd during pregame ceremonies. The National Anthem and God Bless America will be sung by R&B singer and songwriter Jeffrey Osbourne, who is best known for his hit song “On the Wings of Love.”
In addition, the entire Dodger team will wear number 42 in Jackie Robinson’s honor. The Dodgers will also wear number 42 during Friday’s game.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90090
WHEN: Approximately 7:00 p.m.
MISC: Earlier today, “Sweet” Lou Johnson represented the Dodgers in front of the city of Los Angeles city council and spoke on behalf of the organization as the city declared April 15, 2010 Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles.