I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at the game, as the Mets distributed tickets to local high schools to boost attendance. I remember an announcement being made that tickets were available and as soon as the bell rang for the next period, I went to the office to claim one. Excited to have my ticket in hand, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to bear witness to this historic event.
|Media Gathering Around The Field at Batting Practice for Jackie Robinson Day April 15, 1997 / N. Diunte|
|Jackie Robinson Day April 15, 1997 Shea Stadium / N. Diunte|
|President Bill Clinton speaking during Jackie Robinson Day April 15, 1997 / N. Diunte|
Taking in the game from the upper deck with hordes of other New York City high school students, there was a bond that evening that transcended team affiliations, knowing that we were all spectators to a historical baseball event, one worthy of the President's time and attention. Twenty years later, the annual on-going tributes to Robinson and the doors that he opened, serve to remind us just how powerful his impact was on the game.
|Special Commemorative Program From Jackie Robinson Day April 15, 1997 / N. Diunte|