PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department invites the community to celebrate the 104th birthday of famed baseball player and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Jackie Robinson Community Center (JRCC), 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
The birthday celebration will include self-guided tours of Jackie Robinson memorabilia at JRCC. This exhibit is on loan from Pasadena’s Baseball Reliquary and features a Grays jersey, Negro League baseball items, historical photos, and a model of Ebbets Field. The event will also include a free showing of the movie “42” and a biographical documentary on Jackie Robinson. Birthday cake will be served beginning at 1 p.m.
Community members are encouraged to join City employees in wearing a Jackie Robinson baseball jersey or shirt, or simply the number 42, Robinson’s jersey number.
For more information about this event or to request a disability-related accommodation, call Jackie Robinson Community Center at (626) 744-7300.
About Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson lived in Pasadena from 1922-47, where he learned to play sports. While living in Pasadena, he attended John Muir High School, where he excelled in baseball, football, track and basketball. Robinson went on to attend UCLA before joining the Dodgers in 1947. Throughout his life, Robinson contributed to the civil rights movement and was the first African American to play Major League Baseball and become vice president of a major American corporation.
Jackie Robinson Community Center was named after this trailblazer and is located in the neighborhood where Robinson grew up. It was dedicated in his name on June 2, 1974.