PRH and the LA Dodgers Foundation Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Breaking MLB's Color Barrier


Copies of I AM JACKIE ROBINSON by Brad Meltzer.

Penguin Random House partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking major league baseball’s color barrier at a special event at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasadena, CA, where Robinson attended elementary, middle, and high school. The celebration featured a reading of PRH title I AM JACKIE ROBINSON by Brad Meltzer from Jackie and Rachel Robinson’s son David Robinson, Dodgers pitcher David Price, and Players Alliance members Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson.

Dodgers pitcher David Price.
Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2022

Each student at the Title I school received their own copy of the book. In total, Penguin Young Readers generously donated 2,000 books to LADF to distribute to the schools in the Pasadena Unified School District , which also included WHO WAS JACKIE ROBINSON? by Gail Herman and Who HQ.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will facilitate additional readings at various schools in Pasadena Unified School District featuring Dodger personnel. LADF inspires thousands of children by using the Dodgers’ historic brand to motivate young people to read and help them build a life-long love of reading. The organization distributes thousands of free books each year and supports libraries and literacy non-profits doing important work in the community, engaging current and former players to read to children across the city.

Longfellow Elementary-School students, Pasadena, CA. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2022

Posted: May 6, 2022