Jackie Robinson Statue to be Unveiled at Dodgers Stadium

Tomorrow's statue will be revealed in the left field reserve plaza. That should increase significantly come Saturday, as an important figure in history will be immortalized.

While MLB has made progress in its hiring practices, it has lost ground over the past generation in its ability to attract African-American athletes to the sport.

Even on Jackie Robinson Day, a day seems hardly sufficient.

"I have often stated that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field", said former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig upon establishing the tradition.

On the back reads Robinson's No. 42. Major League Baseball took notice years ago and invested millions of dollars in youth programs, and The Jackie Robinson Foundation also recognized the need.

"Shoot, I don't know what year that was". More than 40 years later I realize why Robinson mattered so much to my dad, because he was a symbol of the possibilities that were ahead, not for him, but his young son. To have my brother [David] here ... The slugger hit 156 homers in 982 games with St. Louis before signing a $13 million, one-year deal with NY in the offseason.


Needless to say, Robinson's legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball.

Here are a few more details about the ceremony and the statue itself from the Dodgers.

The 77-inch tall bronze statue depicts Robinson as a rookie in 1947 sliding into home plate, a nod to his aggressive base running.

Some of the biggest names in Dodgers history will be on hand: retired broadcaster Vin Scully, who was friendly with Robinson; pitching greats Sandy Koufax and Don Newcombe, who were Robinson's teammates when the Dodgers won the 1955 World Series; and Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda. This is the third straight year UCLA has unveiled special Jackie Robinson-inspired jerseys to honor his memory.

"So, it's great to think about it and to hold the guys in high esteem but every day is Jackie Robinson Day to me".

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