WHAT: The Washington Nationals will commemorate Jackie Robinson's legacy as part of a league-wide initiative when they face the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05pm on Friday, April 16. The first African American Major League Baseball player of the modern era, Robinson will be recognized throughout the evening during the following presentations:

  • Jackie Robinson Scholar Amanda Patterson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch
  • Howard University Detachment 130 Air Force ROTC will present the colors
  • Maura Reilly, President of the Jackie Robinson Society at GWU, will deliver the line-up card
  • Video tribute to Robinson will be presented on the scoreboard and highlights of his career will be shown throughout the game
  • Robinson memorabilia, including a life-sized solid-wood statue of the legend, will be on display on the main concourse level of Nationals Park
  • Random Acts of Red give-aways will include Robinson-themed items


Jackie Robinson was the first to break the color barrier and bring the Negro League's electrifying style of play to the big leagues in 1947. He quickly became one of the game's top draws, most-daring base runner and a symbol of hope to millions of Americans. The Brooklyn Dodgers won six pennants in Robinson's 10 seasons and he was named National League MVP in 1949.

"When Jack stepped onto Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he set a new course for American history both in the game and in society," said Rachel Robinson. "I am grateful that Major League Baseball continues to honor his enduring impact, along with the values he lived by, both on and off the baseball field."

Because the league-wide tribute will officially take place on April 15, the day of Robinson's barrier-breaking debut with the Dodgers, all Nationals players will wear Robinson's number 42 during their road game this afternoon in Philadelphia. Six of these game worn jerseys will then go on sale the following day at the Main Team Store in Center Field Plaza. During the Nationals' tribute on April 16, infielder Willie Harris, a native of Robinson's hometown of Cairo, Ga., will don the number 42 as yet another homage to the significant role Robinson played in baseball history.

WHEN: Friday, April 16

4:30 p.m. Center Field Gates Open

6:50 p.m. Pregame Ceremonies Begin

7:05 p.m. First Pitch

WHERE: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC