Jackie Robinson bust in Pasadena honors first black to play in the major leagues

Robinson Park in Northwest Pasadena and Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College are named for both brothers, and a small patch of grass on Garfield across from City Hall is home to nine foot tall busts of both brothers.

The city erected the memorial, created by artists Ralph Helmick, Stu Schecter and John Outterbridge, in 1997. The slideshow attached to this article shows the bust of Jackie, which faces eastward toward Brooklyn to represent his choice to leave his hometown to play baseball. Images of his athletic achievements and words about historic move from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues are cut into his hair. After Branch Rickey tapped him for the Brooklyn Dodgers in November, 1945,, Jackie did not look back to his hometown of Pasadena, where he graduated from John Muir High School and went to Pasadena Junior (now City) College. City officials had treated his much loved brother shabbily after Mack returned from the 1936 Olympics, and Jackie never forgave them. Read "Olympian Mack Robinson bust in Pasadena recounts the life of a champion" for photos of the Mack Robinson memorial. Jackie played basketball, football, baseball, and track in high school and college, and was the first athlete Dt5FW6a9x at UCLA to letter in all four sports, according to Wikipedia. After serving in the military, where he bucked the system to join the Officer Candidate School, he played football for the Los Angeles Bulldogs, coached college athletics, and signed on with the Negro Leagues. The Dodgers' groundbreaking decision brought him to the minors in 1946 and the majors cheap super bowl jerseys in 1947. Jackie is still beloved in Pasadena, despite his own cheap nfl pro bowl jerseys ill feelings for the town. He was inducted into the first class of the John Muir High School Hall of Fame in 1988 for Sports, along with his brother Mack for Community Service. The John Muir Jazz Band wears Brooklyn Dodgers jerseys for performances, most with Jackie's number 42 on the left front and back. Pasadena City College arranged for a special sold out showing of the biographical movie 42 in April. Among the dignitaries attending was Delano Robinson, Mack's widow, who the Pasadena Star News said wore Jackie's Brooklyn Dodgers warm up jacket. Like All Things Rose Parade on Facebook or subscribe to Tournament of Roses Examiner by clicking the "Subscribe" link. http://wholesalemaccosmetics.mixxt.com/networks/blog/post.aaron.smi...
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