10 iconic photos to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

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The first 40,000 fans will receive a smaller replica.

The Black History and Culture Showcase (BHCS) features panel discussions, documentaries and workshops, but on the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's integrating Major League Baseball the sports exhibit leans heavily toward No. 42.

Although I never met Jackie, I have interviewed his wonderful wife, Rachel Robinson, who always shows her love for Jackie, baseball, and of course, America every time I see her. "On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime".

Here are some of Robinson's most memorable career moments. In fact, Robinson stole home to help the Dodgers secure the win in the first game of the 1955 World Series. It weighs 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod.

The family shared numerous photos of Robinson with sculptor Branly Cadet of Oakland, California. "I want to get out and do more community stuff throughout the year, target the youth and let them know to not to give up on your dreams". "My dad was a humble person and here he is 70 years later being recognized".

Robinson was the first black player in the major leagues since Moses Fleet Walker played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884.

For this father and scholar, who is only two years younger than Robinson was when he died, Jackie Robinson is indeed a "thing". "There's still lots and lots of struggles in this world and it's a very complicated place".

"A life is not important", one of the quotes reads, "except in the impact it has on other lives".

"I remember I was shocked at the "Court Martial of Jackie Robinson", which is another movie on why he got court-martialed".

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