Robinson's alma mater UCLA will be taking the field Saturday against Stanford in throwback jerseys reminiscent of the Brooklyn Dodgers uniform that Robinson sported from 1947-56. "I thought it'd be tight".
Although I never met Jackie, I have interviewed his wonderful wife, Rachel Robinson, who always shows her love for Jackie, baseball, and of course, America every time I see her. The appearance for Kluber, who won the American League's top pitching honor in 2014, will be his first at home since the Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series a year ago.
According to a Dodgers press release, the statue will be located in the Left Field Reserve Plaza, which is already among the highest-traveled areas of the ballpark.
"This is going to be a very special time", Sharon Robinson said.
Yet there was little question that the comments of the 70-year-old Campanis on "Nightline" reflected archaic stereotypes about the intelligence and capabilities of African-Americans.
Though the details are sketchy, it is generally believed Robinson wore No. 9 during spring training with the Montreal Royals in 1946, the year before he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
"Shoot, I don't know what year that was".
Just for the sake of comparison, Staples Center, which opened in 1999, last month welcomed its eighth statue, a dunking Shaquille O'Neal. My family watched every movie there was about Jackie Robinson.
"I remember I was shocked at the "Court Martial of Jackie Robinson", which is another movie on why he got court-martialed". "As an African-American, their actions and choices in life have an impact on my life".
Needless to say, Robinson's legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball. Campanis also tutored Robinson on how to protect himself when opposing players tried to spike him, which happened more often because he was black. It's one of baseball's most beloved and important traditions.