WASHINGTON -- The Astros will honor Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier 65 years ago, with several festivities at Minute Maid Park on Friday when they play the Dodgers. The Astros' festivities will follow Major League Baseball's celebration honoring Robinson's legacy, which took place in home ballparks league-wide on April 15.
The club will host a pregame reception for African-American community leaders. Members of the Texas Southern University debate team will speak about Robinson's footprint on America's pastime. Special Jackie Robinson reception guests will include current players Justin Maxwell and Wesley Wright, coaches Dave Clark and Bobby Meacham, former Astros player Jimmy Wynn, and Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, along with past Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipients.
Astros Urban Youth Academy members, selected based on their leadership on and off the field, will take the field with Astros players during the national anthem. Each member will wear T-shirts specially designed to represent one of Robinson's life principles derived from "Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By," written by Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter.