Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles.
Monday is the actual 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947. It’s also Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, when every player on every team will wear Robinson’s retired 42 on his back.
The list of local Robinson-related events this weekend is so long, the Dodgers issued a 1,338-word press release today to list them all. Here are the highlights:
• Prior to the game, the Dodgers will be joined on the field by Robinson’s wife Rachel, daughter Sharon and son David.
• Kelley Jakle, the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers’ General Manager who signed Jackie Robinson, will sing the national anthem. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by actor Harrison Ford, who stars in Warner Bros. Pictures “42” as Branch Rickey.