Rachel Robinson makes an appearance at Dodger Stadium – Daily News

Rachel Robinson is three months away from her 100th birthday. It’s been 75 years since her husband, Jackie, played his first regular season game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking a ban on black players that had persisted since the 19th century.

What he told her that morning – “I’ll be number 42, just in case you had a hard time picking me” – is cause for celebration every April 15, when every Major League Baseball player wears jersey number 42 in honor of Robinson.

  • Rachel Robinson, 99, wife of the late Jackie Robinson at the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Goslin warms up in the field wearing #42 during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers fielding team prepares to stencil #42 behind the mound during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to an MLB baseball game between the Dodgers of Los Angeles and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Rachel Robinson, 99, wife of the late Jackie Robinson with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 at the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Dodgers of Los Angeles and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Students from Longfellow Elementary School in Pasadena during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Rachel Robinson, 99, wife of the late Jackie Robinson with her son David Robinson at the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers stand during the National Anthem wearing No. 42 on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers wearing #42 prepares to autograph a young baseball fan during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Dodgers of Los Angeles and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Goslin wearing Jackie Robinson socks throws to the plate against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before a game MLB baseball between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers wearing #42 during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner #10 after being hit by Cincinnati Reds catcher Aramis Garcia (not pictured) at home plate during the second inning of an MLB baseball game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • People wearing Jackie Robinson #42 jerseys that the Dodgers donated on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Huntington Beach’s Karin and Scott Kinsbursky wearing a #42 jersey pose for a photo in front of the statue of Jackie Robinson on the 75th anniversary of his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Huntington Beach’s Karin and Scott Kinsbursky walk to their seats on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Reds of Cincinnati at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Luke Seanez, left, snaps photos of his daughters, one-year-old Arya Win Seanez, left, and eight-year-old Ava Brooklyn Seanez, holding their No. 42 jerseys in front of the Jackie Robinson statue on the 75th birthday of his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Eleven-year-old Armando Vega of Coalinga, wearing a #42 Jackie Robinson jersey, looks on from center field the Dodgers gave away on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before a game MLB baseball between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up in the outfield wearing #42 during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jackie Robinson Day-Cincinnati Reds vs Los Angeles Dodgers Friday April 15, 2022. The Dodgers rally at the Jackie Robinson statue Friday afternoon. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/© Los Angeles Dodgers, LLC 2022)

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers stand during the National Anthem wearing No. 42 on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Rachel Robinson, 99, wife of the late Jackie Robinson, poses with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during Jackie Robinson Day festivities ahead of the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Friday was the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers wearing #42 socks during the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Reds of Cincinnati at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Rachel Robinson, 99, wife of the late Jackie Robinson with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 at the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers before an MLB baseball game between the Dodgers of Los Angeles and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 wearing #42 against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of an MLB baseball game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner #10 is tagged out by Cincinnati Reds catcher Aramis Garcia at home plate during the second inning of an MLB baseball game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers batting number 42 against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of an MLB baseball game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • FILE – This is a March 1956 file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson in Vero Beach, Florida. All players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear number 42 on Thursday, April 15, 2021, to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, marking the anniversary of the date the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer made his Major League debut in baseball and broke the sport’s color barrier in 1947. (AP Photo/File)

Rachel Robinson took center stage Friday at Dodger Stadium, where she was celebrated in a pregame ceremony ahead of the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. Retired players Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson presented him with a jacket courtesy of the non-profit Players Alliance. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts gave him a hug.

Continuing an April 15 tradition, Dodgers players gathered around the statue of Jackie Robinson before the game. Jackie and Rachel’s son David Robinson joined manager Dave Roberts to discuss the historical significance of April 15, 1947 beyond baseball.