Jackie Robinson statue unveiled at Dodger Stadium

"I liked playing baseball although we never thought we could get to the major leagues until Jackie Robinson broke the color line" he told Marty.

Meanwhile, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced it will donate a fitting $42,000 from the Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for the second straight year.

All players across Major League Baseball wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson on Saturday and the first 40,000 fans in attendance at Dodger Stadium received a replica of the statue, courtesy of Bank of America. According to U.S. News and World Report, the Dodgers will be revealing a bronze statue of Robinson at Dodgers stadium on Saturday. Also on hand was Robinson's 94-year-old widow, Rachel, as well as two of the couple's children, Sharon and David.

"He would have wanted that very much", Sharon Robinson said.

"My grandfather was a Dodgers fan, I think every African-American male growing up in that time was a Dodgers fan".

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. Robinson went 0-for-3 in his debut, won 5-3 by the Dodgers. The team will unveil his likeness during Jackie Robinson Day festivit.

The Robinson statue is the first in what president and CEO Stan Kastan plans to be a series of sculptures honoring Dodgers greats.

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.

"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".

Robinson, raised in California, got a taste of the Canadian winter as the Royals capped off the year by beating the American Association's Louisville Colonels for the Junior World Series championship.

Thank you @adidasbaseball for this gift and opportunity to celebrate the life of a true @mlb and American Hero, Jackie Robinson.

"It's amusing, I'm more happy because of his statue than the two I got (Staples Center, Michigan State)".

On the 60th anniversary of Robinson's Major League Baseball debut, it was Ken Griffey Jr. who was the first player to wear the number 42 in his game that day, something he got permission to do from Commission Selig.

Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962 and died 10 years later at 53.

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