Jackie Robinson statue unveiled at Dodger Stadium

Rosalie Stanley
April 18, 2017

With every player wearing his iconic No. 42 on Saturday, many players voiced their support for the legend before taking the field.

"Jackie Robinson is a true hero who continues to influence our lives 70 years later by his actions and words both on and off the field", said Assemblymember Chris Holden. "Stealing home is one of the hardest things to do in baseball, so the act of stealing home, I thought was a good metaphor".

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me". He treated all the way he wanted to be treated and more than likely took that saying to an entirely new level with the hurdles he had to overcome. The once firtle ground of African-American players has dried up as fewer blacks play the game. And then, as you know, they had their medals stripped and were ordered to leave Mexico. And for one day, at least, these white players express unambiguous support for inclusion-not just "tolerance" but active inclusion.

It wouldn't be until 1975, when the Cleveland Indians named Frank Robinson player-manager, when Jackie Robinson's dream would come true. He stood up against the institutionalized hatred of the Jim Crow era to open the major leagues to African-Americans and soften the heart of a nation steeped in racism.

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Despite the years gone by, Robinson still serves as inspiration. "I have a Jackie Robison wall at my house, in my weight room, there's Jackie on his wall, along with me, so, it's just that I'm not that overly happy about it because I think we should do this every day instead of just one day a year". Playing high school and college baseball in Southern California, diversity within a team is about as common as a 4-seam fastball. Thank you Jackie for all that you did for our handsome game! But any honest glance at the country reveals that discrimination is alive and well, and an annual conversation about Jackie Robinson can help remind us why that's wrong.

But history is rarely so kind, and Robinson's perseverance guided him through those troubling times, and now we are fortunate enough to tell his story today to always serve as a reminder. For that I thank my dad, as I thank Jackie Robinson, on behalf of so many sons and daughters whose parents dreamed what was possible, because Robinson did.

"I remember I was shocked at the "Court Martial of Jackie Robinson", which is another movie on why he got court-martialed". I love to listen to them talk about Jackie.

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