Foam Finger: Gearing Up for Jackie Robinson Triple Play Day
This year’s looking like it’s going to be a big one for Jackie Robinson. The legendary slugger, renowned for breaking the color barrier in American baseball and for his remarkable on-field achievements (National League Rookie of the Year, National League Most Valuable Player, Baseball Hall of Fame), has a biopic coming out Friday and a swath of events in his honor the following days, with Jackie Robinson Day quickly approaching on April 15. Fortunately for Angelenos, L.A. will play host to one of these celebrations: Jackie Robinson Triple Play Day, which is Saturday at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles.
Hosted by the Zimmer Children’s Museum, Triple Play Day will consist of a two-part engagement: 1) A midday VIP program (11 a.m.—2 p.m.) that will feature a tour led by museum owner and collector Gary Cypres, as well as a speakers’ panel of baseball legends past and present including historian Mark Langill, former Dodger "Sweet" Lou Johnson, community youth advocate George Weaver, director of the Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society at USC Dan Durbin, and more; and 2) self-guided tours open to the general public from 2 p.m.—6 p.m. On display will be the sport's museum's 35,000-square-foot private collection of rare memorabilia, which for a limited time will spotlight Jackie Robinson and Negro League items. Tickets for the VIP tour, Celebrity Sports Panel and lunch are $350 for adults and $150 for children. General admission tickets cost $50 for adults and $25 for children. Proceeds from the event support youTHink, a Zimmer Museum program that seeks to galvanize and jumpstart the efforts of children in their communities.
“Jackie Robinson was more than an incredible baseball player, he was a man who stood up for justice amidst great adversity,” said youTHink Director Shifra Teitelbaum. “Robinson and his story are an inspiration to youth today, as they work toward providing justice for all.”
The Sports Museum of Los Angeles is located at 1900 S. Main St., Los Angeles