Nationals host Jackie Robinson Day and Black Heritage Day on Saturday

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Workers install a bronze statue of Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of that historic day and, as is customary, there were celebrations throughout the league and all players wore Robinson's 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. Over the following 12 seasons, eight of the National League MVP awards were won by black men.

Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41 and was a four-sport athlete in baseball, track and field, basketball and football. "He would have wanted that very much", Sharon Robinson said.

On the back reads Robinson's No. 42.

Along with sporting No. 42, some players will also don special pieces of memorabilia during the day's games.


Tomorrow's statue will be revealed in the left field reserve plaza. It weights 700 pounds and is secured with a 150-pound steel rod. The world is a huge place with so many different people, and Jackie helped bring many of them together to enjoy this game we all love together.

- andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) April 15, 2017 " A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives".

I was traveling with my 14-year-old daughter when I spotted former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry in the airport. He used to come home and say, 'I got a standing ovation today.' He'd be shocked. My family watched every movie there was about Jackie Robinson. "My dad was a humble person".

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

Sharon Robinson views the statue as a fitting connection between her father's local roots and his 10-year Hall of Fame career spent in NY.

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