Twitter On Jackie Robinson Day

  • Twitter On Jackie Robinson Day

Twitter On Jackie Robinson Day

This is an April 18, 1948, portrait of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson.

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.

He will, like every player in the big leagues Saturday, honor Jackie Robinson by exchanging his usual jersey for one bearing No. 42.

Jackie Robinson was the first player of color to cross the lines of segregation in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947.

The 6-foot-5 tall bronze statue, by Oakland sculptor Branly Cadet, depicts Robinson as a rookie in 1947 sliding into home plate, a nod to his aggressive baserunning.

Robinson's wife Rachel and children Sharon and David were in attendance along with a host of Dodgers legends.

"My grandfather was a Dodgers fan, I think every African-American male growing up in that time was a Dodgers fan".

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"It was wonderful", Sharon Robinson said, "to share that with Mom". On Saturday, the Dodgers revealed it, on the 70th anniversary of Robinson making his Major League Baseball debut. The team will unveil his likeness during Jackie Robinson Day festivit. In fact, Robinson stole home to help the Dodgers secure the win in the first game of the 1955 World Series.

Campanis and Jackie Robinson were close friends until Robinson's death from a heart attack in 1972, their friendship dating to their days as Dodgers minor leaguers in Montreal in 1946. That Strawberry is still so recognizable nearly 20 years after his retirement speaks to an era in which baseball really was America's pastime, and possessed stars who transcended the sport.

Obviously, the issues of race and prejudice do not lend themselves to easy answers or simple solutions, and even the role that Campanis played in delivering a shock to baseball's exclusionary front-office hiring practices illustrates the complexity of those issues.

Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41 and was a four-sport athlete in baseball, track and field, basketball and football.

Scotty Bowman was 12 years old when he saw Jackie Robinson play in Montreal.

Obviously it doesn't take much critical thinking to send a tweet about Jackie Robinson. "Then we realized that there's a chance at the major leagues, so then I got more interested in playing and practicing". Campanis also tutored Robinson on how to protect himself when opposing players tried to spike him, which happened more often because he was black.

Sharon Robinson views the statue as a fitting connection between her father's local roots and his 10-year Hall of Fame career spent in NY.