September 23, 2020

NATS: Washington Nationals 2013 Opening Day Festivities

The 2012 NL East Champion Washington Nationals will celebrate Opening Day and the start of the 2013 season at Nationals Park on Monday, April 1 when the team hosts the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m.

All gates will open at 10:30 a.m. to allow fans more time to enjoy Opening Day festivities and help reduce the risk of long lines at each entrance. Note: Parking will be limited on streets due to weekday afternoon game.

Nats Opening Day Giveaway Hat for First 20,000 Fans - Presented By GEICO

Nats Opening Day Giveaway Hat for First 20,000 Fans – Presented By GEICO

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NATS: Honoring Jackie Robinson

Sunday, April 15, 2012 marks Major League Baseball’s seventh annual Jackie Robinson Day and the league will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson forever shattered Major League Baseball’s color barrier. To commemorate the occasion, Robinson’s retired No. 42 was once again worn by all players, coaches and umpires.

The Washington Nationals will honor Jackie Robinson on Sunday, April 15 when they host the Cincinnati Reds.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played his first major league game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 at age 28. He went on to play in six World Series with the club. He collected numerous awards with the Dodgers, including the Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the Most Valuable Player in 1949, and won a World Series ring in 1955.

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Major League Baseball Retired Number 42 in 1997 and only one player still wears Number 42 today —  Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera.  When Rivera retires, Number 42 will only be worn on Jackie Robinson Days.

Check out the Official Site of Jackie Robinson and even listen to his final interview on October 18, 1972.

“When Jackie Robinson took the field in Brooklyn 65 years ago, he transcended the sport he loved and helped change our country in the most powerful way imaginable,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “It is a privilege for Major League Baseball to celebrate Jackie’s enduring legacy each year, and we are proud that every April 15th, our young fans around the world have an opportunity to learn everything that the Number 42 stands for – courage, grace and determination.”

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