The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A bronze statue of Jackie Robinson stealing home was unveiled at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
Dodgers chairman Mark Walter had just met Robinson’s wife, Rachel, when he rose and approached her.
“He pulled Mrs. Robinson aside and said, ‘We’re going to get a statue of your husband,’” team co-owner Magic Johnson said. “And he backed it up.”
It’s the first statue at Dodger Stadium, and its unveiling came on the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. Baseball celebrates an annual Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, when all players and coaches wear his No. 42.
“Every advancement in society has come from people standing on the shoulders of giants,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said.