(AP Photo, File). FILE - In this April 15, 1947, file photo, from left, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball players John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose at Ebbets Field in NY.

Robinson is the only major league baseball player to have his number, 42, which has been retired league wide.

For all April 15 games, players on every team will honor Robinson by wearing his iconic No. 42 - a tradition now in its ninth season.

April 15 marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 at Ebbets Field.

The 77-inch tall bronze statue depicts Robinson as a rookie in 1947 stealing home, a nod to his aggressive baserunning. Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, and children Sharon and David attended the ceremony alongside notable figures including former Dodgers Don Newcombe, Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser and Sandy Koufax, former MLB manager Frank Robinson, former major league pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, former broadcaster Vin Scully, broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, Los Angeles Lakers' owner Magic Johnson, Dodgers' president Stan Kasten and manager Dave Roberts, among others.

"He would have wanted that very much", Sharon Robinson said. "I don't know what he would think about what's going on now".

Cadet worked closely with Robinson's family as he prepared the homage and consulted with Rachel Robinson in order to find the flawless image.

And each and every day of his fantastic first-year debut, Jackie Robinson endured brutal racism.

This will be the first statue at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962 and has been home to four World Series champions.

As long as baseball is played and the hope for equality for all people is an ideal to be strived for, Robinson's courage, grace and talent will be remembered.

ESPN reports that this is the first statue of Jackie Robinson to be commissioned by the Dodgers franchise.

"I've educated my son about Jackie Robinson".

"Jackie had made us interested in baseball". The appearance for Kluber, who won the American League's top pitching honor in 2014, will be his first at home since the Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series past year.

"If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be in baseball and I wouldn't be working as a player and I wouldn't have this job". In fact, Robinson has been rewritten as an apolitical hero we can all rally around (ignoring more complicated aspects of his ideology), so praising him is the opposite of a radical position.


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