Well Hello, Mrs. Robinson: Jackie's Widow Gets Keys to Pasadena
April marked the 62th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's suiting up as a Brooklyn Dodger to become the first black man to break baseball's color line. Although Robinson was this
national drama's hero, his triumph also reflected a heroic American coming of age -- a moment that would be repeated again, 62 years later, during Barack Obama's inauguration as president. On April 15 players throughout Major League baseball wore Robinson's number, 42, in commemoration of the occasion.
Locally the celebration continues this month as Pasadena holds a Jackie Robinson All-Star Weekend in honor of No. 42, whose family moved there shortly after his birth. This Sunday, May 10, Mayor Bill Bogaard will present the key to the city to Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow -- a former Pasadena resident who now lives in New York. The presentation will be the first time Pasadena has given its key to one of its own citizens.
Weekend festivities include the Saturday groundbreaking of a $24
Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 12:30pm
CSUN Mens Baseball
TicketsTue., Apr. 4, 3:00pm
Anaheim Ducks v. Calgary Flames
TicketsTue., Apr. 4, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsWed., Apr. 5, 7:30pm
million expansion program for Jackie Robinson Park, which will make it
the San Gabriel Valley's largest sports complex. That event will be
followed by a Black History Parade and Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game at Pasadena City College, hosted by the California Coaches Coalition.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.