Tonight like many nights was a night to remember! I was able to celebrate Jackie Robinson day with the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Park. Jackie Robinson’s legacy was memorialized on April 15, 2013, by fans, players and Major League Baseball, marking the 66th anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball’s color barrier. For the fifth consecutive year, all uniformed personnel at 15 different ballparks were asked to wear Jackie’s retired #42.
This year was especially a great time to remember Jackie Robinson as recently his movie 42 came out this month. Baseball legends were announced and greeted the Jackie Robinson scholarship recipients. Reverend Jesse Jackson threw the first pitch in this historic game. During the game there was a reception where sports favorites such as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Richard Dent (NFL), attended the reception along with Tom Ricketts, Rev Jackson & his family. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition also invited the family of the 15-year-old killed from King High School , Hadiya Pendleton, who attended the game and reception.
It was also a great experience to walk to my car with ex NFL Player Richard Dent. You get special treatment when you are with certain people. Sad, but true. I was even invited inside of a fire station while walking with him (guess they though I was his daughter). Meh… What a way to end the night.