Los Angeles enjoyed a palpable baseball fervor this summer.
The MLB All-Star Game and its accoutrement of festivities swept in, bringing the best the sport has to offer to Dodger Stadium.
Just down the 10, at the beautiful Jackie Robinson Stadium, another event was popping off, celebrating perhaps the most important player to ever put on an MLB uniform.
Jackie Robinson’s estate, in conjunction with Bumpboxx, hosted the inaugural Celebrity Softball Game and Home Run Derby.
In short, it was a party but one for a great cause. The festivities were meant to honor Jackie Robinson’s 75th Anniversary of breaking the color barrier.
Pulling out the stops, organizers welcomed the likes of Lil Wayne, Mario, Terrell Owens, Cam Jordan, Andre Reed, Chase Claypool and a ton more.
The incomparable Davie Dave was on the red carpet and in the stands to bring all the action to social media. Here are the best moments from that magical evening.
The summer sun was kind on the day as celeb softball players ambled the red carpet. For those who don't know, Jackie Robinson Stadium is a special place that seems to be tucked ever so gently into the corner of Los Angeles. Not hidden by any means, it’s certainly a place that seems removed from the traffic jam of the nearby 405.
Six-time Pro Bowl selection Terrell Owens was all smiles to honor an athlete whose legacy remains 75 years after the remarkable moment he stepped on an MLB field as a member of the Dodgers.
“It means a lot,” Owens tells En Fuego. “Breaking barriers, everything that he had to go through just to play the game itself definitely paved the way for a number of African-American athletes like myself.
So, yeah, man. So anytime I come out and support and be a part of what he kind of established and continue on the legacy of Jackie Robinson. I'm here.”
Another legend, 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Andre Reed, stopped by with Davie Dave to exchange pleasantries.
“Not only was he a great baseball player but a great human being,” Reed said of Robinson. “And he's deserving of anything that goes on in baseball, just like a Roberto Clemente.”
Jackie Robinson was born in 1919. MLB accepting a player who wasn’t white was unthinkable at the time. By 1947, Robinson was shattering the sports landscape and became not just a mainstay for the Dodgers but a superstar, batting .313 with six All-Star appearances through an 11-year career.
“You think of Jackie Robinson, you think of, you know, breaking color barriers,” New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan said. “Everything about Jackie Robinson as an athlete helps mold the future generation.”
Generation is an apropos word. Here we are decades after a man walked onto a baseball field, shattering not just the thinking of the day but what would be perceived and accepted by players in perpetuity.
Artist Mario puts it beautifully: “42 represents success. It represents believing in yourself, represents, overcoming and triumphs.”
After a brief moment, he puts a bow on it, “Legacy, I would say the word is legacy.”