PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) will celebrate the life of Jackie Robinson with a series of events highlighted by a 42 cent donation per ticket that will benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to help support scholarships for local students in Arizona. In addition, the team will wear Number 42 during their road game vs. the New York Yankees on April 16 to honor the legacy of the Hall of Famer and commemorate the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking Baseball's color barrier in 1947.
The entire D-backs front office, including D-backs Manager Kirk Gibson, attended a special preview of the movie "42" yesterday as part of an all-employee outing at a local movie theater. The movie tells the story of Robinson's life and opens in theaters nationwide today.
"There has been no one with a greater impact on the game of baseball than Jackie Robinson and we are humbled to help celebrate his life," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who was recently named to the Commissioner's On-Field Diversity Task Force. "It is important that we continue to tell his story to future generations of Americans and that includes our front office members and fans. Our employees relished the opportunity to see '42' and we know our fans will enjoy seeing so many of his rare baseball cards on display at Chase Field."
On April 25, the D-backs will recognize the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year CJ Slater and announce the formation of a scholarship program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Slater will be the inaugural recipient of the scholarship in honor of Robinson. The D-backs will recognize Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars in a special pregame ceremony.
Several Jackie Robinson baseball cards from Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick's "Diamondbacks Collection" will be on display at Season Ticket Headquarters located at section 111 throughout the game for fans to take photos. In addition, game-worn jerseys from the D-backs vs. New York Yankees game on April 16, featuring the Number 42, will be available via silent auction at section 107 as well as the Insight Diamond Level and the Team Shop. Additional game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off online at dbacks.com/auction.
Tickets for the D-backs' Jackie Robinson Day celebration on April 25th are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by phone at 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/tickets.