Mariners to play Dodgers in Civil Rights Game

Interleague contest will take place on Jackie Robinson Day on April 15

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Mariners' game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 15 will be this year's 2015 Civil Rights Game in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.

This will be the first time MLB's tribute to civil rights leaders will be combined with its annual commemoration of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Interleague game at Dodger Stadium will be televised nationally on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. PT.

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. The Dodgers also played in the Civil Rights Game in Atlanta in 2012, but this will be the first time they've hosted the event. It will be the first time the Mariners have been involved.

"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 Commissioner Rob Manfred. "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."

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.

For the Mariners, the contest will wrap up their three-game Interleague series at the end of their first road trip in the second week of the regular season.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.