Jackie Robinson Day to be celebrated throughout baseball on Saturday

The statue will be the very first one installed at Dodger Stadium and the first 40,000 fans will receive a smaller replica.

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 by becoming the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues.

That day came exactly 70 years ago today. Over the following 12 seasons, eight of the National League MVP awards were won by black men.

I was 6-years-old when Jackie Robinson made his last public appearance at the 1972 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland A's.

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

"It's not about looking back so much as it is feeling inspired", Sharon Robinson said.

Or why we owe former Dodgers general manager Al Campanis an ironic debt of gratitude for forcing the game to take a hard look in the mirror at its inability to fully assimilate African-Americans and other minorities at every level of the industry.

According to a Dodgers press release, the statue will be located in the Left Field Reserve Plaza, which is already among the highest-traveled areas of the ballpark. Weighing in at over 700 pounds, the statue will be secured with a steel rod and is said to have three quotes chosen by Robinson's family.

"Our goal was to both celebrate Jackie Robinson as an athlete and to acknowledge the important role he had in civil rights and social change in America", Smith said.

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. "My dad was a humble person".

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with sculptor Branly Cadet of Oakland, California.

For this father and scholar, who is only two years younger than Robinson was when he died, Jackie Robinson is indeed a "thing".

On Saturday, Robinson's impact will be celebrated throughout baseball, from special lineup cards to jeweled bases to some players wearing commemorative cleats.

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