Jackie Robinson Statue to be Unveiled at Dodgers Stadium

Jackie Robinson Statue to be Unveiled at Dodgers Stadium

Jackie Robinson, a native of Georgia via Los Angeles, took the field at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers that day. All 30 Major League Baseball teams paid tribute to the anniversary Saturday.

Saturday, April 15, 2017, marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's history-making and history-shaking major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The statue depicts Robinson sliding into home, one of the iconic moments of his Hall of Fame career, and will be placed right outside reserve level entrances, along the left-field line of Dodger Stadium.

Robinson's wife, Sharon, his children, and 200 other family and friends are among the special guests committed to attend the ceremony.

My father and I watched many baseball games together, including those first games that Strawberry played for the New York Mets during his rookie season in 1983.

He came up in the majors with players who played alongside Robinson or were inspired by his story.

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The first Jackie Robinson Day recognized across baseball was in 2004, and has grown since to the point where now every uniformed player and coach wears his number, 42. He used to come home and say, 'They gave me a standing ovation, ' and [he] was so shocked. The appearance for Kluber, who won the American League's top pitching honor in 2014, will be his first at home since the Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series previous year.

On the back reads Robinson's No. 42. Jackie Robinson's contributions both to the game and society will not be forgotten. "My dad was a humble person".

- andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) April 15, 2017 " A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives".

In 2004, the Major League Baseball chose to honor Robinson's memory by celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Campanis also tutored Robinson on how to protect himself when opposing players tried to spike him, which happened more often because he was black.

"That's the goal, to inspire kids", he said.

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