Astros wearing 'equality' shirts to honor Jackie Robinson

"I thought it'd be tight".

Twenty years ago today, baseball retired Robinson's No. 42, in a dramatic announcement madeat Shea Stadium in NY by Commissioner Bud Selig, who was flanked by Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson; and President Bill Clinton. That year, Jackie won the Rookie of the Year award and helped his team become the first interracial team to play in the World Series.

Tomorrow's statue will be revealed in the left field reserve plaza. Here he is 70 years later being recognized.

"They really wanted me to get the likeness and I assured them I'd be working very hard on that", he said.

According to the L.A. Times, Robinson's daughter Sharon says she expects about 200 friends and family members - including her 94-year-old mother, Rachel - to attend the unveiling and ceremony on baseball's annual Jackie Robinson Day. I often ask myself if I could have done what he did - played under that much pressure - and I don't think I could have.

Just for the sake of comparison, Staples Center, which opened in 1999, last month welcomed its eighth statue, a dunking Shaquille O'Neal. "I was born two years after", Baker recalled. Jackie Robinson's contributions both to the game and society will not be forgotten.

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The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with sculptor Branly Cadet of Oakland, California. "As an African-American, their actions and choices in life have an impact on my life".

Cadet's work is so impressive that this statue actually speaks.

The legendary Jackie Robinson is getting a 10-foot tall bronze statue placed at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday (Apri 15).

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.

Despite the inauspicious debut, Robinson would play in 151 games.

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