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Los Angeles Dodgers to host the Seattle Mariners in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15th

Baseball's Annual Civil Rights Tribute to be Held In Conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day for the First Time; The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day Will Air on ESPN2

Major League Baseball today announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15th. It will mark the first time that Baseball's tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will air nationally on ESPN2, with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET), as part of the network's Wednesday Night Baseball package. 

The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans. This is the first Civil Rights Game hosted by the Dodgers and second one they have played in (2012), while this will be the first overall for the Mariners.

Major League Baseball today announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15th. It will mark the first time that Baseball's tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will air nationally on ESPN2, with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET), as part of the network's Wednesday Night Baseball package. 

The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans. This is the first Civil Rights Game hosted by the Dodgers and second one they have played in (2012), while this will be the first overall for the Mariners.

 "It is truly an ideal pairing to have the franchise of Jackie Robinson and the city of Los Angeles join our National Pastime in recognizing leaders of the past and present who have done so much for the benefit of our country," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "Together with the Dodgers, Major League Baseball will proudly celebrate the civil rights movement, the courageous people like Jackie who contributed to it, and its many lessons that continue to resonate today."

"We're proud of the role the Dodgers have played in professional sports history as pioneers of social change since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 during the team's days in Brooklyn," said Dodger owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "From Jackie to Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela to Hideo Nomo to Chan Ho Park to now Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers have sought to lead the way and be a model of inclusion in sports and American society as a whole."

"Thanks to Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers, baseball was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, integrating long before other parts of our nation caught up," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I'm proud that Los Angeles will play home to this game honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson and all those who stand for freedom and equality."

In addition to the Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball and the Dodgers will honor MLB Beacon Award recipients, conduct a youth baseball-focused event and host the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion. Details for these and all other Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day-related efforts will be announced at a later date. Tickets and information for the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day are available on MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Dodgers.com/civilrightsgame.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventually breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.