If there's one thing Major League Baseball has always done right, that is honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 by becoming the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues. The first statue in Dodger Stadium history belongs. Jackie was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. The team will unveil his likene.
On the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut, here are five things to know and celebrate.
- 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!
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.
Smith said the location was chosen because it's where the majority of fans enter the hillside ballpark that opened 55 years ago.
"Thank you Jackie Robinson!" he wrote.
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The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with Cadet. "That was the element I spent the most time on to capture an expression that would be happening in that moment".
Robinson's wife, Sharon, his children, and 200 other family and friends are among the special guests committed to attend the ceremony.
Major League Baseball is attempting to reverse that trend by building and upgrading youth baseball facilities in urban areas around the country through its RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and enlisting popular players such as Orioles center fielder Adam Jones to act as ambassadors for the sport in their communities.
"This is going to be a very special time", Sharon Robinson said. "My dad was a humble person".
Several players used their Twitter and Instagram accounts to pay tribute to Robinson. That includes the unveiling of a brand new bronze statue, which will be permanently displayed outside Dodger Stadium.
Sharon Robinson believes the statue of Jackie will also serve a goal to the community, providing inspiration to others who may want to follow in his footsteps.