Dodger Stadium’s Jackie Robinson statue will be unveiled April 15, 2017

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One year to the day after the Dodgers announced a Jackie Robinson statue was in the works — April 15, 2017 — the team plans to unveil the finished product at Dodger Stadium.The historic day also marks the 70th anniversary of Robinson’s major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the day he became the first African-American to break Major League Baseball’s “color barrier.”Last December the Dodgers announced sculptor Branly Cadet had been selected for the project, along with the theme of “Leveling the Playing Field.” The statue will be approximately nine to 10 feet tall. Other details, including the statue’s exact location, haven’t been announced.“Jackie Robinson Day” has been observed every April 15 since 2004, when the uniformed players and coaches on every MLB team wear the number 42. Robinson’s jersey number is now permanently retired. The day will take on extra significance in Los Angeles next season when the Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fans in attendance will receive a Jackie Robinson replica statue.Robinson’s wife Rachel personally attended the announcement at Dodger Stadium last year, when team president Stan Kasten announced the creation of a new “Statues Program.”last_img

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