5 things to know about Jackie Robinson Day

Posted April 16, 2017

On that day, Robinson became the first African-American player to play Major League Baseball.

So here's a player, a Hall of Famer, a pioneer, an American icon whose impact remains so profound that he's still being celebrated with a current jersey number - 20 years after all of baseball retired 42. Not only do you get the engrossing sports memorabilia, but you also get to hear sports legends like former Phillie Bill White and U.S. Olympian Herb Douglas talk about their experience of playing with Jackie and knowing him off the field. The statue depicts Robinson stealing home as a rookie with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, a nod to the aggressive baserunning of the six-time All-Star.

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"It's not about looking back so much as it is feeling inspired", Sharon Robinson said. In fact, Robinson stole home to help the Dodgers secure the win in the first game of the 1955 World Series.

Tomorrow's statue will be revealed in the left field reserve plaza. It weighs 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod.

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Robinson's wife, Sharon, his children, and 200 other family and friends are among the special guests committed to attend the ceremony. "My dad was a humble person". It was a time working- and middle-class men and woman of all ages, classes, races and religions commingled in the stands rooting for Jackie Robinson and his teammates, regardless of ethnic origin, game after game.

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with Cadet. "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". Robinson, 37, holds a banner for the rival New York Giants baseball club to which he was traded for relief pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000 in cash.

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The "Nightline" interview was part of a show that was meant to recognize the 40th anniversary of Robinson's groundbreaking first major league game and examine his legacy.