Louisville, KY, USA (May 12, 2016) — As the first African-American major leaguer in the 20th century, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the big leagues. Over the course of his Hall-of-Fame career, Robinson faced down racism and inspired millions of people. After retiring from baseball he was dedicated to the advancement of civil rights and remained active and vocal on the issue until his death in 1972 at the age of 53.
“Jackie Robinson was the overwhelming choice of our guests for our next player sculpture,” said Anne Jewell, VP and Executive Director at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “His influence still resonates across generations, and there is still work to be done on the issues he confronted. We were thrilled when his wife, Rachel Robinson, gave her approval for this sculpture, and we’re honored to help keep his legacy alive.”
“Mrs. Robinson approved early renderings of the sculpture and even provided her husband’s shoe size so every inch of the piece would be as accurate as possible. “We are eagerly looking forward to the completion of the project,” said Mrs. Robinson
The unveiling today included the premiere of an original live portrayal of Jackie Robinson. The dramatic 5-minute piece is a collaboration with our Main Street neighbor, the Frazier History Museum, and will be performed several times a week for LSMF guests.