Former Boston mayor Ray Flynn and Red Sox Hall of Famer Tommy Harper will join Red Sox tribute to Jackie Robinson at East Boston High and Charlestown High tomorrow
For the 15th consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox will celebrate the life of Jackie Robinson by teaching New England students the story of his challenges and triumphs. The club will visit with students at East Boston High School and Charlestown High School tomorrow, Friday, January 27, accompanied by former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn, and Red Sox Hall of Famer Tommy Harper.
Robinson would have turned 98 this Tuesday, January 31.
Also joining Friday's tribute is Chairman of the Great Fenway Park Writers' Series George Mitrovich, and Red Sox PA announcer and Poet Laureate Dick Flavin. Adam Pellerin of NESN will moderate the event. Wally the Green Monster will also be on hand, along with the three World Series trophies.
The program will address 9th and 10th grade students at the two high schools and is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. at East Boston High, followed by a 12:30 presentation at Charlestown High.
Robinson became the first African-American to play in the major leagues on April 15, 1947, when he donned a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and stepped onto the baseball diamond at Ebbets Field for a game against the Boston Braves. Dodgers President/General Manager Branch Rickey selected Robinson as much for his values and strength of character as for his baseball skills that helped him earn the 1947 Rookie Of the Year Award, the 1949 National League Most Valuable Player Award, and six trips to the All-Star Game in a 10-year major league career during which the Dodgers won six N.L. pennants and the 1955 World Series.