Dodgers hire a black manager
A statue honoring Jackie Robinson will be unveiled in 2016 at Dodger Stadium.
The statue will be 10 feet tall and it will be created by Branly Cadet, who lives in California, but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. The precise location for the statue has not been determined.
The Brooklyn Dodgers broke Major League Baseball’s race barrier by signing Robinson as the first African-American player in the modern era when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him on first base on April 15, 1947.
The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season.
“We are thrilled that the Dodgers will honor Jack with the inaugural statue at Dodger Stadium,” said Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Jackie Robinson died on Oct. 24, 1972.
In other Dodger news, the team has hired Dave Roberts, its first African-American manager. Roberts replaces Don Mattingly.
The 43 year-old Roberts, a former Dodgers’ outfielder, played for the team from 2000 to 2004. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres.