Sliding home: Jackie Robinson gets statue at Dodger Stadium

Posted April 16, 2017

Washington Nationals' manager Dusty Baker was born on June 15, 1949, two years and two months after the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier by becoming the first African-American to play in a Major League Baseball game on April 15, 1947.

FILE - In this 1962 file photo, former baseball player Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, pose in their CT home in 1962. Many historians believe Robinson's breakthrough was an early step that eventually led to other civil rights breakthroughs. Baseball's annual celebration of Jackie Robinson Day began in 2004. The year before the Campanis controversy, 18 percent of major league players were African-American according to a study produced by the Society for American Baseball Research. "Here it is, 70 years later and he's still being recognized".

I was 6-years-old when Jackie Robinson made his last public appearance at the 1972 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland A's.

On the back reads Robinson's No. 42.

The statue is located in the left field reserve plaza with a view of downtown Los Angeles and Elysian Park.

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Yankees DH Matt Holliday is playing against the Cardinals this weekend for the first time since ending his eight-year run with St. Louis. Although, simultaneously, I had no trouble imagining a fleet-footed, determined Jackie Robinson stealing home in a cloud of dust.

Needless to say, Robinson's legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball.

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with sculptor Branly Cadet of Oakland, California. Now 94, widow Rachel Robinson is traveling from the East Coast to attend the unveiling along with daughter Sharon and son David.

On Saturday, Robinson's impact will be celebrated throughout baseball, from special lineup cards to jeweled bases to some players wearing commemorative cleats.

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