Negro Leagues team honored during JR festivities

Fans view highlights of Burns' documentary on Robinson

Negro Leagues team honored during JR festivities

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies celebrated Jackie Robinson Day before and during Friday night's game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Some of the festivities included:

• Members of the Phillies and Nationals wore No. 42 in honor of Robinson's Major League debut.

• Fans watched highlights of the Ken Burns documentary, "Jackie Robinson," on Phanavision. The Negro Leagues' Philadelphia Stars also were honored. Dr. Mahlene Duckett-Lee, daughter of former Philadelphia Stars player Mahlon Duckett, took part in an on-field tribute.

• Members of the Tuskegee Airmen served as honor guard.

• Zion Spearman and Scott Bandura of the Anderson Monarchs threw out ceremonial first pitches. The Phillies also recognized Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar John Bernagene, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, and Phillies' RBI Jackie Robinson Scholar Skyler Glover, a freshman at Rutgers-Camden.

• Berachah Baptist Church, Bright Hope Baptist Church, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Mount Airy Church of God in Christ and Sharon Baptist Church sang the national anthem.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.