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16 April 2017, 02:29 | Elizabeth Houston
"On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime". Robinson retired in January, voiding the trade. For that I thank my dad, as I thank Jackie Robinson, on behalf of so many sons and daughters whose parents dreamed what was possible, because Robinson did.
Meanwhile, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced it will donate a fitting $42,000 from the Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for the second straight year.
On the back reads Robinson's No. 42. Here he is 70 years later being recognized. He used to come home and say, 'I got a standing ovation today.' He'd be shocked. I don't know what he'd think of this.
For a variety of reasons - some societal, some preferential - young black athletes have gravitated more toward basketball and football over the past 30 years as both the NBA and NFL have overtaken baseball in popularity in the African-American community. To have my brother [David] here ...
Larger than life, Robinson was and still is now, the Dodgers prepared to unveil a statue of a 5-foot-11 ballplayer sculpted into a figure who, if standing upright, would measure 8 feet tall. The slugger hit 156 homers in 982 games with St. Louis before signing a $13 million, one-year deal with NY in the offseason.
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It's hard to not get emotional seeing Robinson's legacy honored in such a meaningful way.
According to MLB.com, Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel and their children Sharon and David will be at Dodger Stadium for the unveiling of "a statue depicting Jackie in his rookie season of 1947, sliding into home plate in his signature style".
Several Dodgers legends will also be in attendance including Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe and Dodgers owner Magic Johnson.
"Just meeting the family was a great honor", Cadet said.
Even though he passed away in 1972, Robinson's legacy is still felt.
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