dglobalnews.com Baseball Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson
Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Baseball Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson

On Saturday, the most historic Dodger gets a statue at Dodger Stadium.

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 by becoming the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues. That Strawberry is still so recognizable nearly 20 years after his retirement speaks to an era in which baseball really was America's pastime, and possessed stars who transcended the sport. Over the following 12 seasons, eight of the National League MVP awards were won by black men. That's where the Georgia-born Jackie grew up and first became a four-sport standout in football, basketball, track and baseball at John Muir High. "He would have wanted that very much", Sharon Robinson said.

But, one day, he and his wife, Courtney, were watching the movie "42" - "For probably like the 100th time", Maybin said - when Robinson was depicted playing for a minor league team wearing No. 9. Most importantly though, I get to hit the field with an amazingly talented and diverse group of individuals, to play a game I love in front of an equally diverse crowd of fans, and all because Jackie Robinson had the courage to go first. It stands in the left field reserve plaza, where there are views of downtown Los Angeles in one direction and Elysian Park in the other. It weights 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod. He used to come home and say, 'They gave me a standing ovation, ' and [he] was so shocked.

Thank you @adidasbaseball for this gift and opportunity to celebrate the life of a true @mlb and American Hero, Jackie Robinson.

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The "Nightline" interview was part of a show that was meant to recognize the 40th anniversary of Robinson's groundbreaking first major league game and examine his legacy.

"My dad was a humble person", Sharon said.

"Just meeting the family was a great honor", Cadet said.

First look at the new Jackie Robinson statue.

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