PASADENA, Calif.— The City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department invites the public to celebrate the 105th birthday of famed baseball player and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m., at the Jackie Robinson Community Center (JRCC), 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103.
The birthday party will include self-guided tours of Jackie Robinson memorabilia. This exhibit is on loan from the Pasadena Baseball Reliquary which features a Grays jersey, Negro League baseball items, historical pictures, and a model of Ebbets Field. Members of Jackie Robinson’s family will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.
At 4:30 p.m. the public is invited to gather at the Jackie Robinson statue at the Rose Bowl Stadium for birthday cupcakes and free guided tours of the stadium and field departing every 30 minutes.
As we recognize our Pasadena native son, please join City employees in wearing a Jackie Robinson baseball jersey or shirt, or simply the number 42, which was his 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 first excelled in baseball, football, track, and basketball. Robinson went on to attend UCLA before joining the Dodgers in 1947. Throughout his life, he 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.
The Jackie Robinson Community Center was named after this trailblazer and is located in the neighborhood where he grew up. It was dedicated in his name on June 2, 1974.
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