LEADING OFF: Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue


He also won Rookie of the Year and finished fifth in the NL MVP race. It was Robinson’s final season.

Abrams said the symposium will include short videos highlighting moments in Robinson’s life, three interactive breakout sessions and an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. They probably should talk more about how great of a player he was.

“From a historical perspective, I think those qualities impressed everyone who was involved in breaking the color line”.

He was the first black man to play in the major leagues, ending six decades of racial segregation, and a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Larger than life, Robinson was and still is now, the Dodgers prepared to unveil a statue of a 5-foot-11 ballplayer sculpted into a figure who, if standing upright, would measure 8 feet tall.

And each and every day of his incredible first-year debut, Jackie Robinson endured brutal racism.

A bronze statue of Jackie Robinson stealing home was unveiled at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, an idea stemming from a meeting shortly after the team’s new ownership took control in 2012. He advanced as far as double A, playing for Pittsfield (Mass.) in the Eastern League from 1970 to 1971.

His first memories of Robinson, Baker said, came when he was still only a few years old. He used to come home and say, ‘I got a standing ovation today.’ He’d be shocked.

Before White’s speech, he and Herb Douglas were signing autographs.

Jackie’s success paved the way for more players of color to enter the league the next year, and even more the year after that, and diversity in the league continued to grow. He stood up against the institutionalized hatred of the Jim Crow era to open the major leagues to African-Americans and soften the heart of a nation steeped in racism.

Douglas also starred in football at Pitt.

“We had seen pictures of it, but to see it in person, it was everything we hoped it would be”, said Sharon Robinson.


“The scholarship numbers in baseball are really low”, Heyward said as to why there are dwindling numbers of black baseball players.

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