Nationals host Jackie Robinson Day and Black Heritage Day on Saturday

LA Dodgers To Unveil Jackie Robinson Statue This Weekend

As the first African-American to attempt a career in the major leagues, Jackie received taunts, hate letters, even death threats.

On the 70th anniversary of the day he broke baseball's color barrier, and in the 55th year of their beloved home grounds, the Dodgers will dedicate their first stadium statue. A 28-year-old Jack Roosevelt Robinson, better known as Jackie, digs into the batters box at Ebbets Field in an event that forever changed the course of sports. Over the following 12 seasons, eight of the National League MVP awards were won by black men.

"Jackie had made us interested in baseball".

"It's not about looking back so much as it is feeling inspired", Sharon Robinson said. Soon, most of the teams around the game had integrated, realizing that they were only hurting themselves by ignoring such talented players.

The statue - on the reserve level, along the left-field line - will be dedicated Saturday afternoon, the reverence of the occasion such that it is invitation-only, the significance such that Sandy Koufax will be among the attendees. Weighing in at over 700 pounds, the statue will be secured with a steel rod and is said to have three quotes chosen by Robinson's family. "My dad was a humble person".

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with Cadet.

In memory of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball is committed to making our sport accessible and inclusive for all those who want to play, coach or participate. He used to come home and say, 'They gave me a standing ovation, ' and [he] was so shocked.

First look at the new Jackie Robinson statue.

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