Orioles to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Camden Yards

 

In recognition of the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, the Orioles will honor a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar in a special pre-game ceremony before their game Tuesday, April 24 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Matthew Robinson, a student at Howard University from Chicago, IL, will be presented with a #42 jersey by Orioles OF ADAM JONES. Robinson is one of over 1,300 young men and women who were able to attend college thanks to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Major League Baseball and the Orioles.

            On Sunday, April 15, all Orioles uniformed personnel wore #42, Robinson’s number, during the game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, joining all other major league teams in honoring Robinson’s historic achievement. Each player’s authenticated game-worn and autographed #42 jersey is currently being auctioned at www.orioles.com to benefit the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The auction concludes tonight at 11:59 P.M.

IN THE COMMUNITY

BRIAN MATUSZ TO VISIT PEDIATRIC PATIENTS AT SINAI HOSPITAL

Pitcher BRIAN MATUSZ will visit with pediatric patients at the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai on behalf of the Casey Cares Foundation on Wednesday, April 25. The Casey Cares Foundation is a charity that provides uplifting programs for critically ill children. This visit is not open to the public or to media coverage.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH ATHLETICS VISIT CHRIS DAVIS

First baseman CHRIS DAVIS will visit with children from the Christian Youth Athletics program on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Davis will speak to the children and then throw out the first pitch before the league’s opening game. This event is not open to media coverage or to the public.

AT THE BALLPARK

GORDON HUGGINS FIRST PITCH

On Wednesday, April 25, Gordon Huggins, an Orioles employee for over 50 years, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch in recognition of his five decades of service to the club. Huggins has been an usher for the Orioles since 1962 at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards. He has worked six World Series and witnessed the careers of all six of the Orioles Hall of Fame members. He is currently an usher in the lower deck and resides in Eldersburg, MD.

FRANK ROBINSON SCULPTURE UNVEILING

            On Saturday, April 28, Orioles Hall of Famer FRANK ROBINSON will be honored as part of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series. A larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Robinson will be revealed prior to the game, and all fans in attendance will receive a replica sculpture. Robinson will also participate in an on-field ceremony and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with the unveiling ceremony to begin at 5:15 p.m.

LITTLE LEAGUE DAY

On Sunday, April 29, the Orioles will host their first Little League Day at Camden Yards. Over 6,000 pre-registered youth baseball participants will take part in a pre-game parade around the warning track and meet Orioles players as they walk by the dugout. Teams dressed in their uniforms will carry banners and wave to their family members as they round the field. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m., with first pitch against the Oakland Athletics set for 1:35 p.m.  A second Little League Day will take place on Sunday, May 27.

STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY

 The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day’s game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey and an Orioles prize pack. This year, for the first time, the contestant will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday’s winner is Harrison Fike, an 8-year-old from Trappe, MD.

ORIOLES REACH COMMUNITY BOOTH

During each home game the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:

DATE                     ORGANIZATION     

Tue, April 24               Pets on Wheels

Wed, April 25              Basset Rescue of Old Dominion

Thu, April 26               Promises for Parkinson’s

Fri, April 27                 Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy

Sat, April 28                GoldHeart Golden Retriever Rescue

Sun, April 29               Pets on Wheels

ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include ROBERT ANDINO, JAKE ARRIETA, WILSON BETEMIT, WEI-YIN CHEN, KEVIN GREGG, JJ HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, NICK MARKAKIS, BRIAN MATUSZ and TSUYOSHI WADA. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:

DATE            ORGANIZATION                                   SIZE             PLAYER SPONSOR

Tue, April 24   George Washington Elementary                     150                 Kevin Gregg

Wed, April 25  The Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship   50                  Robert Andino

                        The Salvation Army                                         150                 Robert Andino

Thu, April 26   Mars Estates Elementary School                    150                 Brian Matusz

Fri, April 27     Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School      150                 Jake Arrieta

Sat, April 28    Peoples Community Health Centers              150                 Nick Markakis

Sun, April 29   Chase Elementary                                           150                 Adam Jones

GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS

DATE            ITEM/OFFER                         SPONSOR    ELIGIBILITY

Tue, April 24   Ollie’s Bargain Night   Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9

Thu, April 26   Gold Glove T-Shirt Thursday                           First 10,000 fans 15 and over          

Fri, April 27     AT&T Student Night                AT&T                Upper Reserve seats $6 for

                                                                                                students with valid school ID

Sat, April 28    Frank Robinson Replica Sculpture                 All fans in attendance

                        Dugout Club Day                                             Pre-registered Dugout Club

                                                                                                members

Sun, April 29   Little League Day                                           Pre-registered Little Leaguers