The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct African- American Heritage Night Monday evening, including recognizing Don Newcombe, Maury Wills and Frank Robinson in a ceremony before the game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.
An exhibit on the Negro Leagues will be on display in the Right Field Plaza.
The team is offering a special ticket package, which includes a Newcombe T-shirt jersey, which is available at Dodgers.com/AfricanAmerican.
Newcombe, who turned 91 on June 14, and future Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella were the first blacks to play on a U.S.-based team in organized baseball in the 20th century when they were assigned to the Brooklyn Dodgers Nashua, New Hampshire affiliate in the Class B New England League in 1946.
(Jackie Robinson began his career in the Dodger organization that year with its International League affiliate in Montreal.)
Hall of Frank Robinson became Major League Baseball’s first black manager in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians. Wills was the National League MVP in 1962 when he stole a then-record 104 bases.
—City News Service
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