70 photos to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first major league game
20 Abril, 2017, 13:29
Every year on April 15, every player to don a uniform wears the No. 42 in honor of Robinson and his courage.
Still, it's important to celebrate "Jackie Robinson Day" as both a tribute to a great American and a continuing reminder of a time when the game disgraced itself by keeping a large segment of our population from taking part in something that billed itself as the national pastime.
Robinson's successful integration of Major League Baseball is credited with helping change Americans' attitudes toward blacks and being a catalyst toward later civil rights advances.
The university also welcomed Jackie's wife Rachel Robinson and the Robinson family back to Westwood to visit the "42" monument in front of the Jackie Robinson Athletics & Recreation Complex on Friday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled a new statue of Jackie Robinson outside of Dodgers Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Like most of her generation of African-Americans, baseball is not a "thing".
"I was born in '49, but it had to be '50-something, watching the Dodgers, listening to my dad - the old movie, "The Jackie Robinson Story", you know, with Ruby Dee, in black and white, and that's what I probably first remember".
FILE - In this 1962 file photo, former baseball player Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, pose in their CT home in 1962.
"That's what he brought to Major League Baseball and what he learned from the Negro Leagues", Robinson's daughter, Sharon, said, "to be a more aggressive baserunner". White baseball players, who likely spend less time thinking about racial discrimination than their black counterparts do.
It wouldn't be until 1975, when the Cleveland Indians named Frank Robinson player-manager, when Jackie Robinson's dream would come true.
That style never left Robinson for a day in his career and, more importantly, it was also the way he lived his life.
Upon joining the Dodgers in 1947, Robinson led the Dodgers to win 6 pennants and the World Series in 1955.
Twenty years ago today, baseball retired Robinson's No. 42, in a dramatic announcement madeat Shea Stadium in NY by Commissioner Bud Selig, who was flanked by Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson; and President Bill Clinton. I love to listen to them talk about Jackie.
There are seven other statues of Robinson, from Pasadena to Daytona Beach to Stamford, Conn., no other American athlete is thought to be so recognized more often. It gives as many fans as possible a chance to see it.