As the first African-American to attempt a career in the major leagues, Jackie received taunts, hate letters, even death threats.
On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering the MLB color barrier.
A second-year player who is not yet in his mid-20s, Anderson went with some World War II-era clothes - the suspenders are a particular delight of this ensemble - to wear before switching into his No. 42 uniform for the White Sox-Twins game tonight. Over the following 12 seasons, eight of the National League MVP awards were won by black men.
On the back reads Robinson's No. 42.
Or why we owe former Dodgers general manager Al Campanis an ironic debt of gratitude for forcing the game to take a hard look in the mirror at its inability to fully assimilate African-Americans and other minorities at every level of the industry.
The statue is located in the left field reserve plaza with a view of downtown Los Angeles and Elysian Park. It weights 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod.
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Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow and wife of 26 years, is said to be making the trek for the statue's reveal. "I want to get out and do more community stuff throughout the year, target the youth and let them know to not to give up on your dreams".
"Thank you Jackie Robinson!" he wrote.
That's quite a star-studded cast that will be on hand to honor Jackie Robinson and share the moment with his family.
"My dad was a humble person", Sharon said.
Sharon Robinson views the statue as a fitting connection between her father's local roots and his 10-year Hall of Fame career spent in NY.
"That's what he brought to Major League Baseball and what he learned from the Negro Leagues", Robinson's daughter, Sharon, said, "to be a more aggressive baserunner". "There's still lots and lots of struggles in this world and it's a very complicated place". I was still too young to fully process Robinson's impact.