Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball color barrier 70 years ago today

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 by becoming the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues. The Robinson statue will be the first of several player statues to be erected at Dodgers stadium but Jackie's daughter Sharon thinks it is the ideal way to link the Brooklyn Dodgers legacy to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Despite the statue rising 77 inches and weighing 700 pounds, the likeness of Robinson is striking in its accuracy.

A bronze statue of Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson is unveiled outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles before the Los Angeles Dodgers' baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Bowman attended Sunday games at Delorimier Stadium in 1946, where Robinson was part of a powerful Dodgers Triple-A team that won the IL title and the Junior World Series.

On the statue's granite base are three of Robinson's quotes as chosen by the family, including wife Rachel's favorite: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives". We will be proud to do so on the most meaningful date on our calendar, Jackie Robinson Day, at our Youth Academy in Compton. America should honor Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

A pregame ceremony included Frank Robinson, baseball's first black manager; Dodgers Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully; Robinson's children Sharon and David; Kasten and Johnson. 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. Their other son, Jackie Jr., died in a vehicle accident in 1971.

5-year-old dies after getting stuck at Atlanta rotating restaurant
The Sun Dial rotating restaurant and bar sit atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. They were not staying at the hotel, according to authorities. "Our thoughts remain with the family".

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.

That legacy also will be continued by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which has provided financial and mentorship support to 1,500 students over the last four decades.

This will also be the ninth consecutive year that all on-field Major League Baseball personnel will wear Robinson's number, 42, on Jackie Robinson Day.

Ten years later, baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced on the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut that his No. 42 would be retired throughout baseball.

They found just two of his existing statues depict him playing baseball, while the rest commemorate Robinson's social achievements or association with a particular location. The players' union is making a grant this week from its Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

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