Dodgers honor Jackie Robinson with first statue at Dodger Stadium

Jackie Robinson broke down baseball's color barrier 70 years ago, and this weekend, his transcendental life was honored with the first-ever statue at Dodger Stadium.

The statue was unveiled at a private ceremony prior to Saturday's contest between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. 

Among the speakers at the event were Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten, Frank Robinson, Vin Scully, Dodgers Owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Robinson's children, Sharon and David Robinson. Robinson's widow Rachel Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Jaime Jarrín and Don Newcombe were also in attendance.

“The Robinson family is thrilled that the Dodgers have chosen to honor Jackie Robinson with a statue at Dodger Stadium,” Sharon Robinson said. “We appreciate the artist’s depiction of him going into his signature slide as well as addressing my father's commitment to social change with key quotes. In addition to today’s honor, we are extremely grateful for the support the Dodgers and the Dodgers Foundation have shown to my father’s legacy organization, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and the Jackie Robinson Museum, which will be breaking ground this year.” 

“I’m humbled to participate in the unveiling of the Jackie Robinson statue on the 70th anniversary of his Major League debut,” Johnson said. “His impact exceeded beyond baseball, paving a way for me and African-American athletes across all sports. Beyond being an extraordinary athlete, Robinson was an extraordinary individual. This statue is a tribute to not only the rich history and success Robinson brought to the Dodgers organization, but the social impact he made on this country.”

The statue, sculpted by Branly Cadet, is located at the Left Field Reserve Plaza and stands nearly nine feet tall.

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