Sliding home: Jackie Robinson gets statue at Dodger Stadium

That includes the unveiling of a brand new bronze statue, which will be permanently displayed outside Dodger Stadium.

Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers star since breaking into Major League baseball in 1947, is shown with his wife, Rachel, and their four-year-old son, Jackie Jr., in their home in Stamford, Conn., Dec. 13, 1956.

So here's a player, a Hall of Famer, a pioneer, an American icon whose impact remains so profound that he's still being celebrated with a current jersey number - 20 years after all of baseball retired 42. "On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime".

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

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There are seven other statues of Robinson, from Pasadena to Daytona Beach to Stamford, Conn., no other American athlete is thought to be so recognized more often.

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

The Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will be played at Vero Beach's Dodgertown between the Port St. Lucie Mets and Florida Fire Frogs out of Kissimmee. It weighs 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod.

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

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In 2004, the Major League Baseball chose to honor Robinson's memory by celebrating Jackie Robinson Day.

"My dad was a humble person", Sharon said.

In memory of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball is committed to making our sport accessible and inclusive for all those who want to play, coach or participate.

The statue of Robinson is said to be 77 inches tall and features Jackie sliding into home base.

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While he would go on to star as a second baseman, Robinson made his debut on Opening Day at first.

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