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Jackie Robinson Day resonates with Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Paul Maholm is one of the newest Dodgers, but he appreciates the franchise's legacy, especially when it comes to Jackie Robinson.

"Obviously he was a pioneer for moving baseball forward," Maholm said before the Dodgers' Tuesday night game with the Giants on Jackie Robinson Day.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Paul Maholm is one of the newest Dodgers, but he appreciates the franchise's legacy, especially when it comes to Jackie Robinson.

"Obviously he was a pioneer for moving baseball forward," Maholm said before the Dodgers' Tuesday night game with the Giants on Jackie Robinson Day.

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"And what he endured in his career, when you look at it, it's amazing how he put everything aside to become an amazing player. And he opened doors for a lot of people to come into baseball."

Manager Don Mattingly said Jackie Robinson Day is a "big day for all of baseball. And I look at it as extra special for this organization because he played for us and is tied so closely to the organization. It's a pretty cool feeling."

Back in Los Angeles, the Dodgers commemorated Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium with a series of events.

It started with a youth baseball clinic for 120 youngsters from South Los Angeles' Challengers Boys & Girls Club. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation hosted 30 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and alumni.

The Dodgers' game-worn Jackie Robinson Day jerseys will be auctioned at a later date to benefit LADF and the Jackie Robinson Scholars.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill.

 

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