Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson's breaking of color barrier

Posted April 20, 2017

All the Major League Baseball coaches and players, including myself, get the privilege to wear Jackie's number, #42, the only number ever to be retired by all 30 teams. The first statue in Dodger Stadium history belongs to Jackie Robinson.

The team unveiled a statue of Jackie Robinson at Saturday's home game at Dodger Stadium.

Robinson is, among other poses, shown in a batting stance, playing defense and interacting with children.

While a number of Robinson statues exist around the country, including those at UCLA and Pasadena, where he was born and raised, none had been commissioned by the Dodgers, until now. The Dodgers state that this is where the majority of their spectators enter the field which will give their bronze tribute to Jackie Robinson maximum exposure.

The statue - on the reserve level, along the left-field line - will be dedicated Saturday afternoon, the reverence of the occasion such that it is invitation-only, the significance such that Sandy Koufax will be among the attendees. An estimated 200 people are on the family's guest list.

Sharon Robinson believes the statue of Jackie will also serve a objective to the community, providing inspiration to others who may want to follow in his footsteps. "My dad was a humble person and here he is 70 years later being recognized".

"My grandfather was a Dodgers fan, I think every African-American male growing up in that time was a Dodgers fan". In fact, Robinson stole home to help the Dodgers secure the win in the first game of the 1955 World Series.

Just for the sake of comparison, Staples Center, which opened in 1999, last month welcomed its eighth statue, a dunking Shaquille O'Neal.

That day came exactly 70 years ago today.

Robinson made his major league debut on April 15, 1947 and changed the game forever.

I go back now to photos of Robinson, on that day in Cincinnati in the autumn of 1972. "His impact exceeded beyond baseball, paving a way for me and African-American athletes across all sports".

Cadet's work is so impressive that this statue actually speaks. "And in this quiet atmosphere in the clubhouse, Gene suddenly says 'I've got it!'" He said, 'We'll all wear No. 42 and they'll never know which one is Jackie Robinson".

It was Campanis' stumbling interview on ABC's "Nightline" with Ted Koppel in 1987 that laid bare baseball's patronizing attitude toward blacks and forced the sport to begin taking the concept of equal opportunity more seriously.

- David Price (@DAVIDprice24) April 15, 2017In 1947, Jackie Robinson stood up in front of thousands of people who were rooting against him & did what he did best - played ball! Campanis volunteered to room with Robinson at a time when other teammates were drawing up petitions to try to keep him out of the majors.