Ceremonies At Shea Will Honor Robinson

Posted: April 15, 1997

The much-anticipated 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major-league debut will be celebrated tonight in a ceremony at Shea Stadium.

The festivities will be led by President Clinton and will take place during the fifth inning of a game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow, will join Clinton at the ceremonies.

It was on April 15, 1947, that Robinson became the first black player to play in a major-league game. He went 0 for 3 that day against the Boston Braves.

Yesterday, an exhibit to honor Robinson's landmark breakthrough was unveiled at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

* Colorado third baseman Vinny Castilla was named National League player of the week.

Castilla was 7 for 16 (.438) with 6 runs scored, 14 total bases, 1 double, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs and an .875 slugging percentage.

* Cleveland's Sandy Alomar Jr. was American League player of the week after going 13 for 17 with eight runs and seven RBIs.

PRO BASKETBALL Buck Williams and Charles Oakley of the New York Knicks and Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat have been fined for their roles in a skirmish during a game between the teams on Saturday.

Mourning was fined $7,500, while Williams and Oakley were assessed $4,000 each. Mourning and Williams also were hit with $1,000 fines for being ejected from the game.

* The Dallas Mavericks have named Terdema L. Ussery, 38, to a newly created position as team president and chief executive officer.

His hiring comes more than two months after the team named Don Nelson general manager to try and improve the franchise.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Rutgers head basketball coach Kevin Bannon has hired Tod Kowalcyzk and Rob Lanier as assistant coaches.

Kowalcyzk was an assistant the last four years under Bannon at Rider, while Lanier comes to Rutgers from St. Bonaventure.

HOCKEY Ottawa Senators defenseman Wade Redden has been named NHL rookie of the month after helping his team earn its first playoff berth.

Redden, 19, had two goals and an assist as Ottawa posted a 5-2-0 record for the month. He scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Redden's teammate, goaltender Ron Tugnutt, was named the NHL player of the week and month after going 5-2-0 with three shutouts and a 1.86 goals-against average for the month.

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