Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Indians and Tigers commemorate Jackie Robinson on Saturday

Indians and Tigers commemorate Jackie Robinson on Saturday

This is an April 18, 1948, portrait of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson.

He then told a second tale that he favors, one that had a direct connection to every game played in the major leagues on Saturday, when all players around baseball wore the No. 42.

While the Dodgers will unveil a statue of the Hall of Fame second baseman and Major League Baseball trailblazer at their home stadium tonight, the Washington Nationals outfielder will wear cleats with images of Robinson emblazoned upon them, with some of his stats listed in adjacent white spaces.

Now 94, Rachel Robinson is traveling from the East Coast to attend the unveiling, along with daughter Sharon and son David.

"It is our hope that the statue will be a reminder to kids and adults, that life is a glorious challenge filled with stolen bases and strikeouts", Sharon Robinson said. I think when we try and imagine being in someone else's skin, in their shoes, we try to compare it in some way to shoes we wear in our own lives.

Robinson's journey to Brooklyn had one final stop after being signed in 1945 by Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey: a season in the minor leagues.

ESPN reports that this is the first statue of Jackie Robinson to be commissioned by the Dodgers franchise. And many of them weigh in with their admiration for the man who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. It's one of baseball's most beloved and important traditions.

Obviously, the issues of race and prejudice do not lend themselves to easy answers or simple solutions, and even the role that Campanis played in delivering a shock to baseball's exclusionary front-office hiring practices illustrates the complexity of those issues. Fifty years after that historic event, in April 1997, I was proud to join Rachel Robinson and President Bill Clinton at Shea Stadium to honor Jackie by retiring his uniform number 42 in perpetuity.

(AP Photo/File). FILE - In this 1962 file photo, former baseball player Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, pose in their CT home in 1962. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1955. Two oversized busts of Jackie and Mack Robinson, an Olympic track medalist, are located across from Pasadena City Hall.

"I remember I was shocked at the "Court Martial of Jackie Robinson", which is another movie on why he got court-martialed". Now, both organizations are starting to see the fruits of their labor ripen as top draft prospects become more diverse. Campanis also tutored Robinson on how to protect himself when opposing players tried to spike him, which happened more often because he was black.

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