LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baseball stars gathered on the field before Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium to honor Rachel Robinson on her 100th birthday.
Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts led the tribute to Jackie Robinson’s widow, addressing the crowd from the indoor grass after the Canadian and American national anthems. Players from both teams spread out on the grass behind him.
” Today is a special day. It’s Miss Rachel Robinson’s 100th birthday,” Betts said. “So on the count of three, I want everyone here to say, ‘Happy Birthday, Rachel!'”
A video tribute followed on the DodgerVision hex scorecards in left and right field after the first inning.
Jackie Robinson broke through the major league color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, who moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.
Major League Baseball held a discussion about Robinson’s life on Monday.
Jackie Robinson died in 1972 and his number 42 was retired in the major leagues in 1997. There is a statue honoring the Hall of Famer outside Dodger Stadium.
Actor Denzel Washington wore a No. 42 jersey as he addressed the crowd during the pre-game ceremonies.
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