CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers are saving their recognition of Father's Day weekend until Sunday.All other clubs wore specially designed uniforms and caps on Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer, but the Reds received permission from MLB to wear a different uniform on Saturday in
CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers are saving their recognition of Father's Day weekend until Sunday.
All other clubs wore specially designed uniforms and caps on Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer, but the Reds received permission from MLB to wear a different uniform on Saturday in recognition of Pete Rose's statue dedication, and the Dodgers won't roll out their special gear until Sunday.
According to equipment manager Alex Torres, their visiting grays will have script and numbers in light blue, and caps will have a blue shadow tech crown and graphite visor. Some players will also wear light blue spikes, wristbands and T-shirts. All players will have a symbolic blue ribbon on the jersey.
:: Father's Day 2017 ::
MLB will again donate all royalty payments from the sales of specialty caps and jerseys to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.
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For the first time, Father's Day games will feature a blue-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Players and all on-field personnel have worn blue ribbons and sported blue wristbands on Father's Day since MLB first partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996.
This year's efforts also include the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge," which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite MLB clubs during the time period of June 1 through Sunday, all the while tracking where their team stacks up in a "Team vs. Team" competition. Every dollar donated through the Home Run Challenge goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer. As of June 15, more than $3 million has been pledged via the Home Run Challenge in 2017.
Since its inception, the Home Run Challenge has raised more than $45 million for PCF, the world's leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research.
On Father's Day, MLB.com, all 30 clubs and broadcast partners will express their gratitude by sharing their favorite baseball moments of Dad on social media using #MLBDads, and fans are encouraged to do the same.
Overall, PCF has raised more than $700 million for prostate cancer research to date, which has resulted in helping bring six prostate-cancer medicines to patients. Every 20 minutes, a man in the U.S. dies from prostate cancer. For more information about PCF, please visit PCF.org.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.