LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Saturday unveiled their statue of Jackie Robinson, honoring the 70th anniversary of Robinson’s debut and breaking baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947.
It was a star-studded ceremony to unveil the statue, at the entrance of the reserve level down the left field line. It is the first statue at Dodger Stadium.
Vin Scully spoke, and started his comments with, “Hello, and a very pleasant Saturday afternoon. I couldn’t resist that.”
Scully recounted the classic story of the time he raced Jackie Robinson on ice skates, and the best part of the story was that Jackie’s wife Rachel insisted on also ice skating with them despite being seven months pregnant at the time.
Rachel was pregnant with Sharon, and both were in attendance on Saturday, as was Jackie’s son David Robinson. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson spoke as well, as did Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten as well as ownership partner Magic Johnson.
Johnson credited Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali for “paving the way” for him.
The bronze statue was sculpted by Branly Cadet, who called Robinson one of his heroes. It depicts Robinson stealing home, something he did 20 times in his career.
“It captures dad’s fierce compassion and determination,” said Sharon Robinson of the statue. “It’s our hope that the statue will serve a reminder that life is a glorious challenge filled with stolen bases and strikeouts, and will inspire us.”
Among the Robinson quotes inscribed on the base of the statue is, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."