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GARDEN 376 Jackie Robinson, Baseball Pioneer

Posted By diana rivero, Friday, April 18, 2014

The Jackie Robinson Garden-(1919-1972) located in 14376 SW 100th St.  Miami, FL 33186 at the Sugar Wood Park

I am dedicating this garden to the late Jackie Robinson.  Robinson broke the color line in baseball by becoming the first African-American baseball player.  The Los Angeles Dodger drafted Robinson and stated him at first base on April 15, 1947.  He had skills that surpassed many major league players all while holding upstanding character off and on the field while he was harassed because of his color. He had a career total of 6 World series appearances and one World Series win in 1955 with the Dodgers, selected for 6 all-star games ’49-’53, and became the first African-American to be induced into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I chose the baseball to represent the game that he loved before and after the he was drafted for World War 2.  But the most important piece was the baseball bat.  I made the baseball bat black, not to specify the color of his skin, but to represent his unique individuality and contribution to the game.  The black color of the baseball bat represents how he entered the game as the “black sheep” of baseball. He was the first real big change to the game.  He was a character that had the respect of his teammates and other teams once they begun to see him as another baseball player.  He even had respect for those that chose to disrespect him such as the Philadelphia Phillies and their manager, Ben Chapman.  While they yelled derogatory names at him, he kept his cool, focused on the game, and even said “good game” at the end of the day.  Jackie Robinson is a class act on and off the field, someone that many people should be more inspired to be like.  He had every right to walk with a chip on his shoulder, but refused to.  He realized that though people will be little him in every manner, he would not stoop down to their level because he was better than that.  This memorial is to show a bit of remembrance for an outstanding man of incredible character. Robinson is a true hero in the sports realm and real inspiration for generations of baseball players.

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