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Dodgers win on 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers solemnly lined up along the third-base line, each and every one wearing No. 42.

Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the sport celebrated the 60th anniversary of his debut throughout the country Sunday, when more than 200 players, managers and coaches wore his number.

"I've often said that baseball's most powerful moment in its really terrific history was Jackie Robinson's coming into baseball," commissioner Bud Selig said during an on-field ceremony before the Dodgers beat San Diego 9-3.

"It's an incredible story -- not just for baseball, but for society," Selig said. "Jackie was an American hero and the ultimate barrier-breaker. Threats to his life were commonplace. Yet Jackie took everything hate-mongers had to offer him. Not only is he a baseball Hall of Famer, he's a Hall of Famer for all-time."

Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson threw out ceremonial first pitches, and fellow Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield were on hand, joined by actors Courtney B. Vance and Marlon Wayans. Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson sang The Star-Spangled Banner.

Adding a personal touch were Robinson's widow, Rachel, and two Dodgers who knew him. Broadcaster Vin Scully paid tribute to Rachel Robinson, and Don Newcombe, Robinson's former teammate and a longtime Dodgers executive, looked on.

Andre Ethier, Russell Martin and Wilson Valdez had three hits each for Los Angeles to send the sellout crowd of 55,298 home happy. Ethier homered and drove in his first four runs of the season for the Dodgers, who stole five bases -- their most since Aug. 23, 1999 when they stole seven in a game at Milwaukee.

"It's kind of cool to have a decent game on Jackie Robinson Day," Martin said. "I'm going to remember this probably for the rest of my life."

Randy Wolf (2-1) allowed six hits and three runs in six innings and struck out seven. San Diego's Jose Cruz Jr. hit his 200th career homer.

"The whole team wearing No. 42, it kind of goes sour if we don't win," Wolf said. "It was great. There were a lot of special people here. It's a special day and I think they did it right."

The Dodgers snapped Padres starter Chris Young's streak of 25 consecutive road starts without a loss. Young was 9-0 with 16 no-decisions on the road dating to June 25, 2005, at Houston when he was with Texas. Only one other pitcher in big league history had gone as many as 25 straight road starts without losing -- Allie Reynolds had a 25-game streak in 1948-49.

Young (1-1), making his first start since signing a four-year, $14.5 million contract, allowed five runs in two-plus innings, and it would have been worse had Kevin Cameron not worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third.

"I was terrible," Young said. "I just never found my rhythm and never found my groove. I put the guys in a hole early in the game and it was just too much to overcome."

Young wrote about Robinson for his 2002 Princeton thesis, and said that in doing the work, he learned a tremendous respect and appreciation for the former Dodgers' star.

"I can't imagine, having to go through that, the courage it took, the discipline, and just how successful he was," said Young, a 27-year-old right-hander from Dallas. "I mean, he wasn't just successful integrating the game. He was a great baseball player. He's a Hall of Fame baseball player. He wouldn't allow himself to fail, and that's tremendous."

At the 50th anniversary ceremony of Robinson's debut, at New York's Shea Stadium in 1997, then-President Clinton spoke and Selig announced Robinson's No. 42 was being retired by all major league teams. The only player wearing No. 42 then who remains active is New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera. After Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. asked for permission to wear the number Sunday, Selig invited others to use No. 42 for the day.

This year's national celebration was centered at Dodger Stadium, not far from where Robinson grew up in Pasadena. He would become the first athlete to earn letters in four sports at UCLA, and he served in the U.S. Army during World War II before making his debut with the Dodgers at age 27.

The Brookinaires Gospel Choir from The First African Methodist Episcopal Church sang Oh Happy Day, a Robinson favorite. Twin logos acknowledging Robinson were painted on both sides of the plate with another behind second base, and "Jackie Robinson Day" was printed on the bases. There was a video tribute with Morgan and Aaron among those participating. And several current players expressed their thanks to Robinson.

Selig presented Mrs. Robinson with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award for her work with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, formed in 1973 to raise scholarship money for qualified minorities. Robinson died in October 1972 at age 53.

"She's made an enormous impact on our sport," Selig said. "We are an institution with enormous social responsibilities. She keeps us focused on that."

"Whites inside only" and "Coloreds entrance" were signs of the time when Robinson played his first game at Ebbets Field. He was subjected to racist remarks from players and fans alike. But Dodgers executive Branch Rickey made Robinson his choice to break the color barrier because he believed he was mature enough and tough enough to survive and thrive.

Robinson retired following the 1956 season -- after the Dodgers traded him to the rival Giants -- and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

"That first day, we were so anxious in the morning without acknowledging it," 84-year-old Rachel Robinson said. "I think what we felt at the end of the day was a great deal of relief. He performed even though he didn't do very well."

Robinson went hitless, but reached base on an error and scored the go-ahead run in the Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves.

His impact has been lasting. Mrs. Robinson said 1,100 scholarship students have graduated from college and 266 are presently in school since the foundation was formed.

"We needed to find a way to hold onto him," Mrs. Robinson said of her late husband. "Jack's legacy is all over the place."

Ceremonies were held at 10 of the 15 big league ballparks where games were scheduled Sunday -- rain washed out games at the five other sites.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers honored Robinson by having all their players outfitted in No. 42.

"I think more than anything I just want people to be able to learn and understand Jackie Robinson's life and what he had to endure, and the impact he has on American society, not just baseball," said outfielder Preston Wilson, the only black player on the Cardinals.

"What you're doing is celebrating what this guy has done," Griffey said. "Without him, who knows when the next African-American athlete is going to be able to play. The things that he went through and what he stands for, you have to celebrate his life and legacy. Today is just, for me, my way of saying thanks."

 
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Dodgers manager Grady Little congratulates his 42 crew after they handily defeat the Padres.  (AP)
Dodgers manager Grady Little congratulates his 42 crew after they handily defeat the Padres. (AP)

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San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B3110101 .311
Brian Giles, RF4000003 .286
Mike Cameron, CF4001020 .156
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010010 .271
Khalil Greene, SS4110022 .229
Jose Cruz Jr., LF4121021 .300
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000012 .156
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   a- Terrmel Sledge, PH1000000 .368
Rob Bowen, C4011011 .235
Chris Young, P1000001 .000
    Kevin Cameron, P1000011 .000
    Russell Branyan, 3B0000100 .364
Totals33363210  
a-flied out for Linebrink in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (3, Wolf), Khalil Greene (6, Wolf), Rob Bowen (1, Wolf)
HR - Jose Cruz Jr. (2, Wolf)
RBI - Mike Cameron (1), Jose Cruz Jr. (4), Rob Bowen (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Cruz Jr. (2), Rob Bowen (1)
CS - Marcus Giles (1, 2nd base by Wolf/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Cameron 1
E - Rob Bowen (1, Interference), Khalil Greene (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (L,1-1) 2754520 4.30
Kevin Cameron 3100130 0.00
Doug Brocail 2211100 3.18
Scott Linebrink 1333021 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 84-47, Kevin Cameron 48-27, Doug Brocail 29-17, Scott Linebrink 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 2-1, Kevin Cameron 5-1, Doug Brocail 4-2, Scott Linebrink 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 18, Kevin Cameron 11, Doug Brocail 9, Scott Linebrink 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3101114 .250
Juan Pierre, CF5000016 .180
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3110213 .289
Jeff Kent, 2B4110115 .262
Luis Gonzalez, LF5121022 .318
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C4332101 .366
Andre Ethier, RF5234002 .231
Wilson Valdez, 3B5031010 .417
Randy Wolf, P0000200 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .167
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Brady Clark, LF0000000 .308
Totals35913977  
a-flied out for Beimel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra (4, Linebrink), Jeff Kent (4, Brocail), Luis Gonzalez (2, C. Young), Russell Martin (2, Linebrink), Andre Ethier (2, C. Young), Wilson Valdez (2, C. Young)
HR - Andre Ethier (1, Linebrink)
SH - Randy Wolf (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (3), Luis Gonzalez (7), Russell Martin 2 (7), Andre Ethier 4 (4), Wilson Valdez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (4), Russell Martin 2 (2), Andre Ethier 2 (2)
SB - Rafael Furcal 2 (2, 2nd base off C. Young/Bowen, 2nd base off C. Young/Bowen), Juan Pierre (4, 2nd base off C. Young/Bowen), Jeff Kent (1, 2nd base off K. Cameron/Bowen), Russell Martin (4, 2nd base off C. Young/Bowen)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Russell Martin (2, Dropped fly), Juan Pierre (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (W,2-1) 6633171 4.00
Joe Beimel (H,3) 1000100 1.80
Jonathan Broxton (H,4) 1000010 0.00
Takashi Saito 1000020 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 58-35, Joe Beimel 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-5, Joe Beimel 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 25, Joe Beimel 4, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 55298
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Larry Young