Before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now, the franchise is doing right by the baseball icon.
It was reported on Friday that the Dodgers were revealing a statue of Robinson just outside the stadium in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. On Saturday, the Dodgers revealed it, on the 70th anniversary of Robinson making his MLB debut.
The statue will remain outside of the stadium's Left Field Reserve Plaza, which is one of the more heavily traversed areas of the park.
In attendance for the ceremony: Dodger legendSandy Koufax, former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, the recently retired Vin Scullyand, of course,Rachel Robinson, Jackie's wife.
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Dodger minority owner Magic Johnson were also in attendance.
Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-56, winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1947. Robinson won the NL MVP award in 1949, and capped off an excellentmajor league career witha World Series championship with the Dodgers in 1955. He would retire following 1956.
Players across MLB don Robinson's No. 42 to signifythe day Robinson broke MLB's color barrieron April 15.