Orioles to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, honor Earl Weaver at Oriole Park

In recognition of the 66th 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 this evening against the Tampa Bay Rays. Brittany Thomas, a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public Health Studies and Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, will be presented with a #42 jersey by Orioles OF ADAM JONES and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Thomas is one of over a thousand young men and women who were able to attend college thanks to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Major League Baseball and the Orioles.

Jones is personally supporting a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar, Alanah Grisham, a freshman studying neurobiology at Spelman College from San Diego, CA. Through this grant, Alanah will be supported for four years. 

Also on Tuesday, all Orioles uniformed personnel will wear #42, Robinson's number, during the game against the Rays, joining all other major league teams in honoring Robinson's historic achievement. Each player's authenticated game-worn and autographed #42 jersey will be auctioned at www.orioles.com to benefit the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The auction begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. and ends April 23 at midnight. To date the Orioles have raised $45,000 for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. In addition, MLB.com will be auctioning off a team autographed #42 jersey at www.mlb.com/42jersey to benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: EARL WEAVER

On Saturday, April 20, the Orioles will host a celebration of life for legendary manager EARL WEAVER. The program, "A Celebration of Earl," will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a video tribute and a collection of notable guest speakers to honor the memory of the greatest manager in Orioles history.

Guest speakers include BROOKS ROBINSONFRANK ROBINSONJIM PALMERBUCK SHOWALTER, RICK DEMPSEY, National Baseball Hall of Fame President JEFF IDELSON and Earl's son, MIKE WEAVER.

One of six Orioles Legends to receive his own larger-than-life bronze sculpture at the ballpark last season, Weaver passed away in January at the age of 82. The Orioles are wearing a patch on their right uniform sleeve throughout the season in his honor. . Fans are encouraged to visit www.orioles.com/4earl to share their memories of Weaver.

SPECIAL CEREMONIES

MOMENT OF SILENCE TONIGHT

The Orioles will hold a moment of silence before tonight's game in honor of the victims of yesterday's tragedy in Boston and two longtime fans who recently passed away. Matt Hersl, who died when he was struck by a car on April 9, was a season plan holder and a frequent visitor for Orioles batting practice as well as events throughout the region. Tommy Conelius, who passed away from cancer on February 15, was a longtime Orioles season ticket holder who could be seen sitting in front of the press box at nearly every home game as well as at area events.

HONORING FALLEN HEROES OF MARYLAND

Maryland suffered a record-breaking number of military losses during the month of March, and on Sunday, April 21 the Orioles will honor these fallen heroes during a pre-game ceremony. The Orioles will present the families of Army Cpt. Sara M. Knutson of Eldersburg, Navy LTJG Valerie Cappelaere Delaney of Ellicott City, and Marine Lance Corporal William Taylor Wild IV of Severna Park with an honorary Orioles jersey on the field prior to the game. A moment of silence will be observed during the ceremony and the family members will be recognized as part of the Orioles Military Appreciation Program that day.

IN THE COMMUNITY

BRIAN MATUSZ TO VISIT PEDIATRIC PATIENTS AT SINAI HOSPITAL

On Friday, April 19, 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. 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.

CHRIS DAVIS VISITS YOUTH ATHLETES

On Saturday, April 20, CHRIS DAVIS will visit with children from the Christian Youth Athletics program from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Davis will speak to the children and then will participate as the designated pitcher for the league's opening game. This event is not open to media coverage or to the public.

JIM JOHNSON AND THE BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

On Saturday, April 20, JIM JOHNSON will accompany Baltimore City Firefighters on their Safety Saturday program, a door-to-door home inspection that focuses on eliminating hazards and educating people about fire safety. Safety Saturday is conducted by all fire suppression units each Saturday with the goal of making contact with every home in the City of Baltimore. The intent of the initiative is safety education and smoke alarm installations. All smoke alarms and installations are provided at no charge.

NICK AND CHRISTINA MARKAKIS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB PHILANTHROPY AWARD

On Thursday April 11 NICK and CHRISTINA MARKAKIS were recognized by the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore for their community service at their second annual "Be Great Champions for Youth" Gala. Christina was on hand to receive the Philanthropy Award which is given to individuals who strive to make a positive difference in children's lives. Nick and Christina, through contributions from the Right Side foundation, donated 21 winter coats for needy children of the Boys and Girls Club this Christmas in addition to being the titled player in inviting 150 members of the Boys and Girls Club to last Saturday's game against the Twins at Camden Yards through the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program.

AT THE BALLPARK

LITTLE LEAGUE DAY

On Sunday, April 21, the Orioles will host their first Little League Day at Oriole Park. Approximately 8,500 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 noon, with first pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers set for 1:35 p.m.

ORIOLES MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM

On Sunday, April 21, as part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, presented by GEICO, the families of the fallen Maryland servicemen and servicewomen honored in the pre-game ceremony will share a suite for that day's game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, have a meet-and-greet with JAKE ARRIETA and NICK MARKAKIS, be recognized during the Orioles' Military Recognition announcement in the 7th inning, and receive an Under Armour Player t-shirt.

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, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is Cole Grady, a 7-year old from York, PA. 

CITI TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE CEREMONY/CHECK PRESENTATION

On Monday, April 22, Citi, which has made a $10,000 donation to the Orioles Charitable Foundation, will be at Oriole Park to explain the importance of saving to students from The Living Classrooms. Tickets, concession vouchers, hats, t-shirts and transportation to the game will be provided for the students. This program, part of the ABA Education Foundation's Teach Children to Save Program, helps kids learn the basics of saving money and how to distinguish wants from needs.

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 16               Dog Rescue of Maryland

Wed, April 17              No Kill Harford

Thu, April 18               Promise for Parkinson's

Fri, April 19                 Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue; MLBPAA Silent Auction (Gate E)

Sat, April 20                Thankful Paws; MLBPAA Silent Auction (Gate E)

Sun, April 21               Babe Ruth Foundation; MLBPAA Silent Auction (Gate E)

Mon, April 22              University of Maryland - 2013 Diabetes Run

Tue, April 23               Thankful Paws

Wed, April 24              Black Dogs and Company Rescue

ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the 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 JAKE ARRIETA, WILSON BETEMIT, ALEXI CASILLA, WEI-YIN CHEN, JASON HAMMEL, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, NICK MARKAKIS, BRIAN MATUSZ, NATE MCLOUTH, CHRIS TILLMAN, TSUYOSHI WADA and MATT WIETERS.  The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:

DATE            ORGANIZATION                                   SIZE             PLAYER SPONSOR

Tue, April 16   Christian Youth Athletics                                150                 J.J. Hardy                    

Wed, April 17 Morgan State University Head Start Program            150                 Adam Jones               

Thu, April 18   Mars Estates Elementary School                    150                 Brian Matusz

Fri, April 19     Westside Elementary School                         150                 Jason Hammel

Sat, April 20    Arbutus Elementary School                            150                 Wei-Yin Chen

Sun, April 21   Highlandtown Elementary School                  150                 J.J. Hardy

Mon, April 22 Living Classroom                                            150                 Tommy Hunter

Tues, April 23 James McHenry Elementary/Middle School 150                 Matt Wieters

Wed, April 24 Curtis Bay Elementary School                                    150                 Nick Markakis

GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS

DATE            ITEM/OFFER                         SPONSOR    ELIGIBILITY

Tue, April 16   Ollie's Bargain Night   Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9

Wed, April 17 MLB Drawstring Bag           MLB Network      First 10,000 fans

Thu, April 18   Alumni Autograph Series                                All fans

Fri, April 19     AT&T Student Night    AT&T                            All students (LF Upper Reserve for $6)

Sat, April 20    Junior Orioles Dugout Club Day                      Pre-registered Dugout Club Members

Sun, April 21   High's Redemption Date        High's              Fill up 5 times at High's for 2 O's tix

                        Little League Day #1                                      Pre-registered Little Leaguers

Mon, April 22 Alumni Autograph Series                                All fans

Tue, April 23   Ollie's Bargain Night   Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9