Jackie Robinson Day 2017

Jackie Robinson's lasting legacy | Opinion

This free event will take place on April 15-16 - the 15th, when Robinson made his major league debut, has been recognized by MLB as Jackie Robinson Day - from 11 a.m.to 6 p.m.at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Here's a sampling of the many ways in which teams and players paid tribute to the great Jackie Robinson on Saturday.

Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

A statue showing Jackie Robinson stealing home is installed near the reserve level entrances at Dodger Stadium.

Along with sporting No. 42, some players will also don special pieces of memorabilia during the day's games. It was quite possibly the most historic Opening Day that baseball has ever seen, and maybe will ever see.

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"They really wanted me to get the likeness and I assured them I'd be working very hard on that", he said. He hit.297 and won the first Rookie of the Year Award. An alumnus of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Matthew Robinson, will sing the National Anthem.

"My dad was a humble person", Sharon said. That includes the unveiling of a brand new bronze statue, which will be permanently displayed outside Dodger Stadium.

I go back now to photos of Robinson, on that day in Cincinnati in the autumn of 1972.

It's hard to not get emotional seeing Robinson's legacy honored in such a meaningful way. This is the third straight year UCLA has unveiled special Jackie Robinson-inspired jerseys to honor his memory.

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On the statue's granite base are three of Robinson's quotes as chosen by the family, including wife Rachel's favorite: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives".

All the matching No. 42s running around - a tradition that began in 2009 - will be a reminder not only of Robinson but of the continuing movement for each of us to be more like him in other ways, too.

"That's the goal, to inspire kids", he said.

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