Jackie Robinson was an inspiration to Cleveland fans in a rare exhibition appearance in 1948. – AP Photo
An exclusive viewing of rare sports memorabilia and celebration of Jackie Robinson Day
Officials of The Zimmer Children’s Museum recently announced Jackie Robinson Triple Play Day on Saturday, April 13.
“The exclusive family-friendly event celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, which is observed nationally on April 15 to commemorate the day he broke the color barrier in American baseball,” they said.
Triple Play Day will be held at The Sports Museum of Los Angeles (1900 S. Main Street Los Angeles CA 90007), and will feature a 32,000 square foot private collection of “unique and rare” sports memorabilia. Also, featured at the museum for a limited time, will be a collection of Jackie Robinson and Negro League memorabilia.
Jackie Robinson Triple Play Day will consist of a two-part engagement: a VIP tour, panel and lunch and an afternoon community viewing party. Museum owner and collector Gary Cypres will host the tour as well as the speakers’ panel consisting of baseball legends past and present. From 2:00pm-6:00pm, the museum will be accessible to the greater Los Angeles community for self-guided tours with activities for youth, food and fun.
All proceeds from the event go to support youTHink, a ZCM program “which empowers young people to find their voice, be leaders and take action in their communities,” according to youTHink Director Shifra Teitelbaum.
“In alignment with our commitment to social responsibility, the Zimmer seeks opportunities for families to acknowledge significant individuals and moments that have moved our society forward,” said Museum Director Julee Brooks. “We are honored to be able to invite the community to join us at The Sports Museum of Los Angeles for this rare opportunity to learn about history in a fun and family friendly way.”
“Jackie Robinson was more than an incredible baseball player, he was a man who stood up for justice amidst great adversity,” said Teitelbaum.
“Jackie Robinson and his story are an inspiration to youth today, as they work toward providing justice for all.”
Tickets for the VIP tour, celebrity sports panel and lunch are $350 for adults and $150 for children. General admission tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. For more information and to purchase tickets visit sports.zimmermuseum.org.