Dodgers will unveil the Jackie Robinson Statue at Dodger Stadium Saturday

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The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they will unveil a Jackie Robinson statue on Saturday, to mark the 70th anniversary of Robinson joining the (Brooklyn) Dodgers, thereby breaking the color barrier in major league baseball — April 15, 1947.

Jackie Robinson in 1950 (Wikipedia)

They will join all of major league baseball in celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Since that historic day, baseball, more than any other U.S. team sport, has become multi-ethic and multi-cultural in every team. The World Baseball Classic, which featured teams from around the world boasting major league players, is a great example of how far baseball has come in the past 70 years.

On hand will be his wife Rachel Robinson and daughter Sharon Robinson, along with his son David Robinson. Joining the Robinson Family will be Dodger Owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Frank Robinson and Kevin Frazier.

There will be a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday for invited guests and then the Dodgers will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:10 p.m. Patrick Corbin is scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks and Kenta Maede will take the mound for the Dodgers.

The first 40,000 ticked fans will receive a replica Jackie Robinson Statue, presented by Bank of America. Tickets are still available online.

Top photo by Claudia Gestro