The Arizona Diamondbacks will honor Jackie Robinson this month with several events, including an auction of game worn #42 jerseys and a display of vintage Robinson baseball cards from the collection of team owner and noted collector Ken Kendrick.
The team will wear Number 42 during their road game vs. the New York Yankees on Tuesday to honor the legacy of the Hall of Famer and commemorate the 66thanniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947.
“There has been no one with a greater impact on the game of baseball than Jackie Robinson and we are humbled to help celebrate his life,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who was recently named to the Commissioner’s On-Field Diversity Task Force. “It is important that we continue to tell his story to future generations of Americans and that includes our front office members and fans. Our employees relished the opportunity to see ’42’ and we know our fans will enjoy seeing so many of his rare baseball cards on display at Chase Field.”
On April 25, the D-backs will recognize the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year CJ Slater and announce the formation of a scholarship program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Slater will be the inaugural recipient of the scholarship in honor of Robinson. The D-backs will recognize Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars in a special pregame ceremony.
Kendrick’s ‘Dimaondbacks Collection’ includes the PSA 8 graded T206 Honus Wagner card. His vintage Robinson cards will be on display at Season Ticket Headquarters located at section 111 throughout the game for fans to take photos.
In addition, some of the game-worn jerseys from this Tuesday’s game with the Yankees will be available via silent auction. Additional game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off online at dbacks.com/auction.