Houston, TX – On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Sixty-five years to the date, all players wore Jackie's number, No. 42, as Major League Baseball commemorated the milestone on April 15. The Astros' festivities will follow MLB's celebration and honor Robinson's legacy with many activities surrounding the Astros-Dodgers game on Friday, April 20.
The club will host a pregame reception for African-American community leaders. Members of the Texas Southern University Debate Team will speak on Robinson’s immeasurable footprint on America’s pastime. Special Jackie Robinson reception guests will include current players Justin Maxwell and Wesley Wright, coaches Dave Clark and Bobby Meacham, former Astros player Jimmy Wynn, Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, along with past Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipients.
Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA) members, selected based on their leadership on and off the field, will take the field with Astros players during the national anthem. Each member will wear t-shirts specially designed to represent one of Robinson’s life principles derived from Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By, written by Sharon Robinson, Jackie’s daughter.
Fans can join the celebration and take advantage of special Jackie Robinson Day ticket pricing by visiting www.astros.com/jackie and using the special ticket password: jackie.