Dodgers Immortalize Jackie Robinson at Dodgers Stadium

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Before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

While the Dodgers will unveil a statue of the Hall of Fame second baseman and Major League Baseball trailblazer at their home stadium tonight, the Washington Nationals outfielder will wear cleats with images of Robinson emblazoned upon them, with some of his stats listed in adjacent white spaces.

The bronze statue weighs 800 pounds and is eight feet tall. Rachel Robinson has not been in the best of health this year, and her children said they were pleased - but not surprised - that she rallied to take a place of honor during the statue dedication in the afternoon and receive a standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium crowd in the evening. Jackie went hitless in four plate appearances and scored a run in a 5-3 win for the Dodgers over the Boston Braves.

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with Cadet. Stealing bases was one of Jackie Robinson's many baseball talents.

Robinson's journey to Brooklyn had one final stop after being signed in 1945 by Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey: a season in the minor leagues.

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"Our goal was to both celebrate Jackie Robinson as an athlete and to acknowledge the important role he had in civil rights and social change in America", Smith said. But Jackie made it work. "That was the element I spent the most time on to capture an expression that would be happening in that moment". The team we are playing against - the Miami Marlins - also looks like a melting pot. He would retire following 1956. White baseball players, who likely spend less time thinking about racial discrimination than their black counterparts do. And the reason the the Martin Luther King's of the world could continue the fight, is no small part to the existence of a Jackie Robinson. Campanis also tutored Robinson on how to protect himself when opposing players tried to spike him, which happened more often because he was black.

"Baseball really has achieved a coming together of people over the 70 years and continuing that great impact on society", David Robinson said.

Jackie Robinson's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 was practically anticlimactic.

Since 2004, baseball has honored Robinson's barrier-breaking career every April, the one day every player on every team wears his retired No. 42 jersey.

Jackie Robinson grew up in Pasadena, and he met his wife at UCLA in 1941.

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