LEADING OFF: Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue

LEADING OFF: Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue

He retired before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, but Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson said team chairman Mark Walter promised Rachel five years ago that the new owners would install a Jackie Robinson statue.

It was a star-studded ceremony to unveil the statue, at the entrance of the reserve level down the left field line. We didn't talk much about Robinson in those days, though as a student of African-American history and culture, Robinson's legacy became complicated as I fell under the sway of thinkers like Malcolm X, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka and Stokeley Carmichael.

Robinson would also look to the front offices and he would be saddened.

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. He also played on the varsity squad of each of these sports while attending UCLA.

"It captures dad's fierce compassion and determination", said Sharon Robinson of the statue.

I love Jackie Robinson Day. "I'm just happy. I'm bubbling over, and it's amusing, I'm more happy because of his statue than the two I got", said Magic Johnson, retired professional basketball player and part of the Dodgers ownership group. According to USA Today, the timing of the statue's debut couldn't be more imperative.

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"Each of the statutes, and given their location, reflects the totality of the man".

The researchers found that relocated major league franchises are less likely to have statues. Jackie was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

"It really links the Brooklyn Dodgers with the Los Angeles Dodgers", she said.

For all April 15 games, players on every team will honor Robinson by wearing his iconic No. 42 - a tradition now in its ninth season. The players' union is making a grant this week from its Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. In fact, Robinson has been rewritten as an apolitical hero we can all rally around (ignoring more complicated aspects of his ideology), so praising him is the opposite of a radical position. "There's still lots and lots of struggles in this world and it's a very complicated place".

Though the details are sketchy, it is generally believed Robinson wore No. 9 during spring training with the Montreal Royals in 1946, the year before he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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