Dodgers to honor Jackie Robinson with statue in 2016
The Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB have done plenty to honor trailblazer Jackie Robinson over the decades, and now the Dodgers are taking another measure to preserve his profound legacy on baseball and society.
The Dodgers announced Tuesday that they are planning to erect a statue of Robinson at Dodger Stadium sometime next year.
According to MLB.com, California-based sculptor Branly Cadet has been selected to create the statue, which will be centered on the theme of "Leveling the Playing Field." The monument will stand nine to 10 feet tall.
"We’re thrilled that the Dodgers will honor Jack with the inaugural statue at Dodger Stadium," Jackie’s widow Rachel Robinson said. "Branly Cadet’s excitement for the project is heartening, and I look forward to the unveiling with great enthusiasm."
While the unveiling of the statue, and its exact location, are unknown, speculation would suggest that it might be debuted on MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day, which occurs on April 15.
Whenever it may be revealed, the Dodgers are excited to honor Robinson for years to come.
"The Dodgers have a rich history of breaking barriers, and it all began with Jackie Robinson in 1947," said president and CEO Stan Kasten. "Therefore, it is altogether fitting that our first statue at Dodger Stadium be of Jackie.
"The class that Jackie exhibited, while still performing at the highest level, made everything that has happened since — not only in baseball, but in many respects throughout American society — possible. It is with great humility and joy that the Dodgers launch this project in concert with Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. We know Branly Cadet’s artistry will result in a tribute to Jackie that will resonate with Dodger fans for decades to come."