Or why we owe former Dodgers general manager Al Campanis an ironic debt of gratitude for forcing the game to take a hard look in the mirror at its inability to fully assimilate African-Americans and other minorities at every level of the industry.
But, one day, he and his wife, Courtney, were watching the movie "42" - "For probably like the 100th time", Maybin said - when Robinson was depicted playing for a minor league team wearing No. 9.
This is a tremendous way to pay respect to a man that did so much for the game of baseball and the larger society as a whole.
There is no reason to wonder why Major League Baseball celebrates "Jackie Robinson Day" every April 15.
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Though the details are sketchy, it is generally believed Robinson wore No. 9 during spring training with the Montreal Royals in 1946, the year before he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers. We didn't talk much about Robinson in those days, though as a student of African-American history and culture, Robinson's legacy became complicated as I fell under the sway of thinkers like Malcolm X, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka and Stokeley Carmichael. Weighing in at over 700 pounds, the statue will be secured with a steel rod and is said to have three quotes chosen by Robinson's family.
"Jackie had made us interested in baseball".
Tomorrow's statue will be revealed in the left field reserve plaza. He used to come home and say, 'They gave me a standing ovation, ' and [he] was so shocked. All 30 Major League Baseball teams paid tribute to the anniversary Saturday.
Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, said she expects about 200 friends and family members - including her 94-year-old mother, Rachel - to attend the unveiling and ceremony on baseball's annual Jackie Robinson Day. "My dad was a humble person and here he is 70 years later being recognized". This is the third straight year UCLA has unveiled special Jackie Robinson-inspired jerseys to honor his memory. An alumnus of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Matthew Robinson, will sing the National Anthem. "There's still lots and lots of struggles in this world and it's a very complicated place".
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