One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history is when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Phillies will pay tribute to this milestone with a "Jackie Robinson Salute" at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, April 19 before and during the 7:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans 15 and over will receive a Veritiv Nick Williams Retro T-shirt
- Members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen will serve as the honor guard.
- MLB Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, Melissa Bellerjeau, and Phillies Jackie Robinson Scholar, Kadirah Williams, will be recognized on-field.
- Breaking Barriers Essay Contest winner, Rose West, an eighth grader at Upper Merion Area Middle School who wrote an essay about overcoming her barrier, a brain tumor, will also be recognized on-field.
- A joint choir from five local churches will perform the National Anthem.
- Before and during the game, Jackie Robinson storyteller Ron Whittington will roam the Main Concourse giving fans facts about Jackie's life, a life-like Jackie Robinson statue by sculptor Brian Birrer will be in Ashburn Alley and portraits of Jackie Robinson and General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., Commander of the Tuskegee Airmen, by Sylvia Castellanos will be on display in the Hall of Fame Club.
This event features an $8 discount off tickets in locations regularly priced $41 & under. To order tickets (subject to availability), click on the "buy now" button below and enter the password: SALUTE
For groups of 25 or more, please contact Kerrie Kortmann in the Phillies Sales Office at 215-463-5000 ext. 5101. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning.
Thank you for your continued support of the Phillies. We hope to see you at Citizens Bank Park!