Former Dodgers ball boy to be guest on JRD

MIAMI -- A special guest with a tie to Jackie Robinson will be on hand when the Marlins host the Nationals on Monday night at Marlins Park.

South Florida resident Norman Berman was a ball boy for the Brooklyn Dodgers when Robinson played at Ebbets Field. Berman will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday.

Major League Baseball on Monday will observe Jackie Robinson Day, paying tribute to the Hall of Famer who broke the game's color barrier in 1947.

All players will wear No. 42 in honor of Robinson. In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.

As part of the pregame tribute, the Marlins will make a contribution to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Robinson's memory is once again in the public eye, especially with the release of the movie "42," starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

Several Marlins attended the premiere, including Kyle Skipworth and Chris Valaika.

Marlins veteran outfielder Juan Pierre has seen several movies on Robinson, and he plans to see "42."

"I've seen about four different ones," Pierre said. "I saw the one where he was actually in it, playing himself in it. It's good to see because all the ones I've ever seen are black and white or fuzzy. I think it will be pretty cool to see the new one with the graphics and everything."

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