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Festivities in Philly today for Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated on April 15 to commemorate the baseball player´s major league debut. (AP file photo)
Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated on April 15 to commemorate the baseball player's major league debut. (AP file photo)

Festivities are being held in Philadelphia today in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated on April 15 to commemorate the baseball player's major league debut.

In Philadelphia, the Business Association of West Parkside will hold a celebration at the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park.

This year's Jackie Robinson Day comes after the film "42," a drama about Robinson, was released this weekend.

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  • The free event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, located at Belmont and Parkside avenues. The business association says representatives from the Phillies and local officials are slated to attend, and hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks will be served.

    The Philadelphia Stars were a Negro League team that was founded in 1933. The memorial park was built in 2004 at the site of the team's home field.

    Major league teams across the country are also honoring Robinson.

    The Phillies play tonight in Cincinnati, and the Reds say they will honor the player in several ceremonies before the game. The team plans to show the trailer for "42" before the game and hold giveaways for movie tickets. A Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar will throw the first pitch.


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