Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers star since breaking into Major League baseball in 1947, is shown with his wife, Rachel, and their four-year-old son, Jackie Jr., in their home in Stamford, Conn., Dec. 13, 1956.
The second-year shortstop, who signed a six-year, $25 million contract with the Sox during spring training, said he draws inspiration from Robinson and in turn wants to inspire children from Chicago. The Brooklyn Dodgers infielder was an inspiration for an entire generation, ending the color barrier in Major League Baseball and showing the black players could be just as good, if not better, than their white counterparts. Many historians believe Robinson's breakthrough was an early step that eventually led to other civil rights breakthroughs. Each player wore the number 42, and several athletes sported special shoes in Robinson's honor. When I reflect on what Jackie Robinson has given me - an African-American playing the game I love, surrounded by so many different people who don't look like me - I feel so much gratitude and respect.
The 77-inch statue is made of bronze and depicts Robinson stealing home. "Here it is, 70 years later and he's still being recognized".
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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. He hit.297 and won the first Rookie of the Year Award.
"I remember I was shocked at the "Court Martial of Jackie Robinson", which is another movie on why he got court-martialed".
The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with sculptor Branly Cadet of Oakland, California. We didn't talk much about Robinson in those days, though as a student of African-American history and culture, Robinson's legacy became complicated as I fell under the sway of thinkers like Malcolm X, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka and Stokeley Carmichael.
But Robinson's impact goes far beyond his stats.