10 iconic photos to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

Posted April 16, 2017

Robinson went 0-for-3 in his debut, won 5-3 by the Dodgers.

After being traded to the Angels in November, Maybin initially thought he'd request No. 17.

"It's not about looking back so much as it is feeling inspired", Sharon Robinson said. Never much a fanboy, I nevertheless walked up to Strawberry, who had a pair of Beats headphones on his ears, just to shake his hand.

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.

That day came exactly 70 years ago today.

"This is special", Maybin said. Like most of her generation of African-Americans, baseball is not a "thing".

Robinson was the first black player in the major leagues since Moses Fleet Walker played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884.

Here are some of Robinson's most memorable career moments.

Robinson is, among other poses, shown in a batting stance, playing defense and interacting with children.

Kids and teens from across the city come together dressed in Dodger uniforms to enjoy a fun filled day of baseball, fun, and celebration. Someone better try to steal home. The second baseman ended roughly 80 years of baseball segregation when he broke the color barrier. It stands in the left field reserve plaza, where there are views of downtown Los Angeles in one direction and Elysian Park in the other. An estimated 200 people are on the family's guest list. "My dad was a humble person".

"They really wanted me to get the likeness and I assured them I'd be working very hard on that", he said. "I don't know what he would think about what's going on now". "I was born two years after", Baker recalled. The Dodgers state that this is where the majority of their spectators enter the field which will give their bronze tribute to Jackie Robinson maximum exposure. My family watched every movie there was about Jackie Robinson.

Needless to say, Robinson's legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball.

Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow and wife of 26 years, is said to be making the trek for the statue's reveal.

It was Campanis' stumbling interview on ABC's "Nightline" with Ted Koppel in 1987 that laid bare baseball's patronizing attitude toward blacks and forced the sport to begin taking the concept of equal opportunity more seriously.