MLB Network on Wednesday, April 15 will air special programming to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues, a documentary that debuted on MLB Network in January. Narrated by Hall of Famer and Negro Leagues advocate Dave Winfield, the documentary traces the history of African Americans in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball, culminating with Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in 1947. MLB Network will then air World Series highlight films featuring Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1953 (New York Yankees won in 6 with Robinson hitting .320 in a losing effort) and 1955 (Dodgers defeated the Yankees in 7). Then at 4:30 p.m. ET MLB Network will show The Jackie Robinson Story, a 1950 biographical film starring Robinson as himself along with actress Ruby Dee as Rachel Robinson. MLB Tonight will air live at its usual time beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET.
The full afternoon schedule for Wednesday, April 15 is as follows (all times Eastern):
2:00 p.m. Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues
3:00 p.m. 1953 World Series Highlights
3:30 p.m. 1955 World Series Highlights
4:30 p.m. The Jackie Robinson Story
6:00 p.m. MLB Tonight