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City Council proclaims today Jackie Robinson Day

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(CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council has approved a resolution declaring today Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles, four days before the 65th anniversary of his breaking baseball’s color line.

jackie robinson day 022 City Council proclaims today Jackie Robinson Day

(From left) Councilman Ed Reyes, who represents Dodger Stadium, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Delano Robinson, sister-in-law of Jackie Robinson and Kathy Robinson Young, niece of Jackie Robinson. (Image: Todd Leitz)

Attending today’s City Council meeting were Robinson’s relatives and officials of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which awards four-year college scholarships to academically gifted minority students with financial needs and provides them with mentoring programs and career counseling.

On April 15, 1947, Robinson — who was raised in Pasadena and attended Muir High School, Pasadena City College and UCLA — made his major league debut. He went hitless in four at-bats, but scored to be what proved to be the winning run in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in front of a crowd announced at 25,623 at Ebbets Field.

Robinson played his entire major league career with Brooklyn, helping lead it to six National League championships during his 10 seasons, and, in 1955, their only World Series championship.

Robinson’s integration into Major League Baseball is credited with helping change Americans’ attitudes toward blacks and being a catalyst for later civil rights advances.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will join all of Major League Baseball in commemorating Jackie Robinson Day at Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

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