The Los Angeles Dodgers will unveil a bronze statue of Jackie Robinson outside Dodger Stadium today to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the MLB race barrier. Above is a peek at the statue in a Twitter post by ESPN sportswriter Arish Markazi yesterday.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson emerged from the tunnel at Ebbets Field in a Brooklyn Dodgers’ uniform bearing the number 42. It was that very instant he broke Major League Baseball’s infamous color line.
This statue takes the exposure of Robinson’s historic moment to the next level on a day when every MLB player wears his Number 42. The number 42 was retired by MLB 20 years ago so April 15th is the only day players ever take the field wearing it. Prior to the retirement, many players wore it throughout the league.
A major film called “42” was released in 2013 and if you haven’t watched it, it’s a great time to see the difficult challenges Robinson faced when he first broke into the league.