Phillies salute Jackie Robinson tonight

Ryan Howard sports No. 42 last season in Washington.
Ryan Howard sports No. 42 last season in Washington.
Posted: April 15, 2011

The Phillies will salute Jackie Robinson tonight before their game against the Florida Marlins. Fans are asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m. for the pregame celebration. Among the highlights:

* The entire Phillies team will wear No. 42.

* A large, hand-carved and painted wooden statue of Jackie Robinson will be on display in Ashburn Alley for fans to take photos. The statue, which weighs more than 250 pounds and stands more than 6-feet tall, was created by sculptor Brian Birrer and took more than 900 hours to transform from more than 50 pieces of walnut, pine and basswood.

* Two players from the Negro Leagues' Philadelphia Stars - pitcher Harold Gould and second baseman Mahlon Duckett - will be honored on the field.

* An announcement will be made regarding the Philadelphia Stars uniform - which will be worn by Phillies players as part of the Civil Rights Game Weekend in Atlanta on May 14.

* Members of the Tuskegee Airmen will be the honor guard for the game.

* The national anthem will be sung by the Cheyney University Concert Choir, with a pregame performance by the Cheyney University Soulful Sound Band.

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