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04/14/2004  9:31 AM ET
New York Stock Exchange "Opening Bell" to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day
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On Thursday, April 15, the ceremonial ringing of the New York Stock Exchange Bell will commemorate the first celebration of Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball. In March, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced that beginning in 2004, all Clubs playing at home on April 15 would honor the enduring impact of Jackie Robinson and his legacy with special in-park ceremonies.

Len Coleman, Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and former National League President, and Sharon Robinson, daughter of Rachel and Jackie Robinson and Educational Programming Consultant for Major League Baseball, will ring the Opening Bell. Coleman and Robinson will be joined by Della Britton Baeza, President & CEO, Jackie Robinson Foundation; Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball; Jacqueline Parkes, Senior Vice President, Advertising and Marketing, Major League Baseball; Tom Brasuell, Vice President, Community Affairs, Major League Baseball; William F. Doescher, Board Member, Jackie Robinson Foundation, and Genel Ambrose, Jackie Robinson/NY Mets scholar who is a sophomore at New York University.

The 13 Major League Baseball Clubs hosting Jackie Robinson Day in 2004 are the Anaheim Angels, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos (in San Juan, Puerto Rico), New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. At every ballpark hosting Jackie Robinson Day (except at Wrigley Field), a special video tribute to Robinson, created by Major League Baseball Productions, will be played during pre-game ceremonies. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars will participate in pre-game ceremonies at many of the 13 ballparks and fans attending games on April 15 will receive a limited edition, commemorative Jackie Robinson postcard.

Founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, The Jackie Robinson Foundation is a public, not-for-profit, national organization that awards four-year college scholarships to academically gifted students of color with financial need. Jackie Robinson scholars also participate in the Foundations comprehensive support system that includes leadership development, mentoring programs and career counseling. The graduation rate among Jackie Robinson scholars is 97 percent. Major League Baseball supports scholarships to select Jackie Robinson/Major League Baseball scholars and contributes to the Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship endowment campaign.

As part of the heritage of the New York Stock Exchange, the trading floor bell signals the beginning of trading each business day. It is considered an honor to be invited to ring the Opening Bell.

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