Tomorrow, April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day, a day honoring the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and a day that has special meaning locally.
Marty pointed out that Robinson helped change the way the game was played in the Major League's as well, making it a faster game.
Major League Baseball's honoring the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson integrating the sport reminded me of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field and Hank Greenberg. The statue depicts Robinson sliding into home, one of the iconic moments of his Hall of Fame career, and will be placed right outside reserve level entrances, along the left-field line of Dodger Stadium.
Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, said she expects about 200 friends and family members - including her 94-year-old mother, Rachel - to attend the unveiling and ceremony on baseball's annual Jackie Robinson Day.
The Dodgers will take on the Diamondbacks that day.
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.
Baseball will make sure this Jackie Robinson Day is a busy one.
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This will be the first statue at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962 and has been home to four World Series champions.
"My dad was a humble person", Sharon said.
In 2004, the Major League Baseball chose to honor Robinson's memory by celebrating Jackie Robinson Day.
"I remember I was shocked at the "Court Martial of Jackie Robinson", which is another movie on why he got court-martialed". According to U.S. News and World Report, the Dodgers will be revealing a bronze statue of Robinson at Dodgers stadium on Saturday.
I go back now to photos of Robinson, on that day in Cincinnati in the autumn of 1972.
Needless to say, Robinson's legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball.
All the matching No. 42s running around - a tradition that began in 2009 - will be a reminder not only of Robinson but of the continuing movement for each of us to be more like him in other ways, too.