CHICAGO -- The Cubs and Braves are expected to delay their celebration of Jackie Robinson Day to May 14, when the two teams will play a makeup game at Wrigley Field.Sunday's game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed because of the weather, and a Braves spokesman said the two
CHICAGO -- The Cubs and Braves are expected to delay their celebration of Jackie Robinson Day to May 14, when the two teams will play a makeup game at Wrigley Field.
Sunday's game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed because of the weather, and a Braves spokesman said the two teams would honor Robinson in the makeup game.
It would be fitting to honor Robinson at Wrigley Field, the only remaining Major League stadium that he played a game in. In 93 games at Wrigley, Robinson batted .295 (99-for-336) with 22 doubles, seven triples, five homers, 43 RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has done his own research on Robinson, listening to stories about him from Don Zimmer, Al Campanas and Preston Gomez.
"It's great he's being honored -- I'm a big fan," Maddon said of Robinson, the first modern player to break Major League Baseball's color barrier.
"He added so much life to the game," Maddon said, specifically citing Robinson's baserunning skills. "I think people showed up just to see this guy play, regardless of skin color. This guy was a good, energetic, entertaining baseball player. Beyond that, he spoke, and spoke well. He's one of those guys you wish you had met."
As has been tradition each April 15 since 2009, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing Jackie's iconic number 42. This year, there will be additional on-field uniform elements, including a commemorative patch on all team caps and jersey sleeves, socks emblazoned with "42," and a brand-new, lightweight hooded fleece for batting practice and dugout wear, also featuring the "42" logo. MLB will donate all proceeds from the sale of such items to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.