LEADING OFF: Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue

Major League Baseball has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day since 2004 to honor the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer's breaking of the sport's color barrier.

Saturday on the 70th anniversary, every major league player will wear Robinson's number, 42, and at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will unveil a Jackie Robinson Statue.

Though, the Houston Astros have apparently taken to this to a whole new level.

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The Dodgers had opened the 1947 season at home against the Boston Braves, and 26,623 fans attended the game at Ebbets Field.

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. The Brooklyn Dodgers infielder was an inspiration for an entire generation, ending the color barrier in Major League Baseball and showing the black players could be just as good, if not better, than their white counterparts. According to USA Today, the timing of the statue's debut couldn't be more imperative.

Campanis and Jackie Robinson were close friends until Robinson's death from a heart attack in 1972, their friendship dating to their days as Dodgers minor leaguers in Montreal in 1946. It weighs 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod. "Jackie Robinson showed us you can stand up, be strong and be respected, and play great ball under tremendous pressure".

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Robinson found success early, opening the floodgates as Major League teams began to scour the Negro Leagues for talent.

The statue is located in the left field reserve plaza with a view of downtown Los Angeles and Elysian Park. An alumnus of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Matthew Robinson, will sing the National Anthem. "My dad was a humble person". "I want to get out and do more community stuff throughout the year, target the youth and let them know to not to give up on your dreams". "There's still lots and lots of struggles in this world and it's a very complicated place".

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