Cincinnati Reds honor Jackie Robinson on 67th anniversary of history-making game

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds joined the rest of the MLB in honoring Jackie Robinson on Tuesday.

All players wore No. 42 to pay homage to the civil rights and sports hero.

This year is the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1946.

Pregame ceremonies included:

Chuck Harmon serving as Honorary Captain of the game. He was the first African-American to play for the Reds.

Clay Holland from Holland and Holland, Inc. accepting the 2014 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award from Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and Sean Rugless, President and CEO of the African-American Chamber of Commerce.

The team  also honored players and coaches from historically black Kentucky State University baseball team and the Trevecca Nazarene University baseball team. The two teams were scheduled to play the first collegiate game at new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy Tuesday at Roselawn Sports Park.

One of the Reds’ No. 42 jerseys will be auctioned off on with the proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Jackie Robinson Day jeweled bases and lineup cards were featured during the game and the No. 42 was stenciled on the field.

The jerseys worn by the players, and the bases used during the game, will be up for purchase from Reds Authentics and proceeds will benefit the Reds Community fund.

The 60th anniversary of Harmon's debut with the Reds is April 17 and he will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 23..

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