Mariners vs. Dodgers In Ninth Annual ‘Civil Rights Game’ Tonight
Tonight's wrap-up of the three game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be highlighted by many dignitaries in attendance to pay tribute to former Dodger Jack "Jackie" Roosevelt Robinson on what Major League Baseball has deemed Jackie Robinson Day.
The contest will be the ninth annual Civil Rights Game commemorating the date that Robinson broke baseball's color barrier becoming the first African-American to ever put on a uniform in the big leagues.
Across the majors, all players will don the number 42, Robinson's jersey number, as tribute to a man many consider as instrumental in American civil rights history as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.
It was former Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey, Jr. who came up with the idea to switch jersey numbers years ago.