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Bryce Harper's cleats display vivid Jackie Robinson tribute

Bryce Harper's cleats display vivid Jackie Robinson tribute

Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41 and was a four-sport athlete in baseball, track and field, basketball and football. They pointed out the signs, and where he "belonged", and in stunned silence he walked in the "correct" direction; until he died, I don't think he ever got past the shock of that experience.

Cadet worked closely with Robinson's family as he prepared the homage and consulted with Rachel Robinson in order to find the ideal image.

"This is going to be a very special time", Sharon Robinson said.

The Robinson statue is the first in what president and CEO Stan Kastan plans to be a series of sculptures honoring Dodgers greats. He retired after the Dodgers traded him to the rival New York Giants following the 1956 season.

Dodger part-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson called the unveiling a "great moment for all Dodger fans, baseball fans... just everybody".

The first 40,000 fans at Saturday's game against Arizona receive a replica of the statue.

All the matching No. 42s running around - a tradition that began in 2009 - will be a reminder not only of Robinson but of the continuing movement for each of us to be more like him in other ways, too.

Statistician Chris Stride from the University of Sheffield and Ffion Thomas, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Central Lancashire, have cataloged Robinson's monuments as part of their Sporting Statues Project database. I get to wear a pair of custom Jackie Robinson cleats by New Balance.

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.

"Each of the statutes, and given their location, reflects the totality of the man". And, if they do, they rarely honor players who starred in the team's previous location and incarnation. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

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

I was traveling with my 14-year-old daughter when I spotted former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry in the airport. Baseball celebrates an annual Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, when all players and coaches wear his No. 42.

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.


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