LOS ANGELES -- The team that brought Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues honored the 64th anniversary of that landmark debut on Friday night before and during the Dodgers-Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium.Prior to the game, the Dodgers' "Team 42" scholars were joined on the field by Don Newcombe, special advisor to the Dodgers, for a tribute to Robinson, Newcombe's former Brooklyn teammate. The Dodgers Dream Foundation funds 42 college scholarships each year as part of the "Team 42" program. Newcombe threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Matt Kemp and video tributes to Robinson were shown on the Dodgervision board prior to the game and between innings. Among the notables included in the video tribute were Newcombe and Dodgers coach Davey Lopes.
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The Dodgers' Veteran of the Game ceremony honored Tuskegee Airman Theodore J. Lumpkin. Broadway singer and actress Jenifer Lewis sang the national anthem.All Dodgers players and coaches wore No. 42 to honor the enduring impact of Robinson breaking the color barrier. Autographed Dodgers jerseys will be auctioned off at a later date to benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Earlier in the day, the Dodgers' tribute to Robinson included a panel discussion at Crenshaw High School, moderated by Newcombe and including former Dodgers "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Tommy Davis and Maury Wills, current Dodgers Kemp, James Loney, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn and Xavier Paul, and Dodgers prospect and Crenshaw High School alumnus Trayvon Robinson, who missed Friday night's game between Triple-A Albuquerque and Oklahoma City. The Dodgers also donated tickets to the entire Crenshaw High School student body for a Crenshaw High School Night on June 13. Kemp and manager Don Mattingly are featured in MLB's new interactive website, IAM42.com, which features personal video tributes to Robinson from more than 60 current players and baseball legends. Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.