Sliding home: Jackie Robinson gets statue at Dodger Stadium

70 years ago today baseball, the sports world and the country changed forever as Dodgers 2nd baseman Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first African-American player to ever take the field in a Major League game.

Pee Wee Reese - who, legend has it, put his hand on Robinson's shoulder as a show of solidarity in Cincinnati later that year - came to Robinson's defense, and manager Leo Durocher soon quashed the petition. Many historians believe Robinson's breakthrough was an early step that eventually led to other civil rights breakthroughs.

He will, like every player in the big leagues Saturday, honor Jackie Robinson by exchanging his usual jersey for one bearing No. 42. But it would be an additional seven years before Selig designated April 15 as the perennial "Jackie Robinson Day" to be celebrated by all major league franchises. "But he's somebody we in the African-American community celebrate every day".

Here are some of Robinson's most memorable career moments. Here he is 70 years later being recognized.

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. He hit.297 and won the first Rookie of the Year Award.

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The statue is located in the left field reserve plaza with a view of downtown Los Angeles and Elysian Park. Jackie Robinson's contributions both to the game and society will not be forgotten.

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with Cadet.

Even though he passed away in 1972, Robinson's legacy is still felt.

According to the L.A. Times, Robinson's daughter Sharon says 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. I was still too young to fully process Robinson's impact.

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