BALTIMORE, Md. - In recognition of the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, the Orioles will honor a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar in a special pre-game ceremony before their game Tuesday, April 24 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Matthew Robinson, a student at Howard University from Chicago, IL, will be presented with a #42 jersey by Orioles OF Adam Jones. Robinson is one of over 1,300 young men and women who were able to attend college thanks to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Major League Baseball and the Orioles.
On Sunday, April 15, all Orioles uniformed personnel wore #42, Robinson's number, during the game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, joining all other major league teams in honoring Robinson's historic achievement. Each player's authenticated game-worn and autographed #42 jersey is currently being auctioned at www.orioles.com to benefit the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The auction concludes tonight at 11:59 P.M.