Statue of Robin­son is planned

Dodgers an­nounce that trib­ute to the base­ball icon will be placed at sta­dium.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Dy­lan Her­nan­dez

Jackie Robin­son’s uni­form num­ber was on the back of ev­ery player at Dodger Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night and No. 42 was etched in the in­field dirt.

Some day in the near fu­ture, there will be a more en­dur­ing trib­ute to the player who broke base­ball’s color bar­rier 68 years ago.

As part of Civil Rights Game fes­tiv­i­ties that pre­ceded a 5-2 victory over the Seat­tle Mariners, the Dodgers an­nounced plans to erect a statue of Robin­son on their sta­dium grounds.

The statue would be the first of its kind at Dodger Sta­dium.

“I’ve been wait­ing 20 years,” said Robin­son’s widow, Rachel Robin­son. “It’s the ful­fill­ment of a dream.”

Dodgers Pres­i­dent Stan

Kas­ten of­fered few de­tails about the project, say­ing he didn’t know when the statue would be made or where it would be placed.

But Kas­ten in­di­cated it would be the first of a se­ries.

“I would not be sur­prised if there are more to come,” Kas­ten said.

There will be no short­age of can­di­dates.

As the project de­vel­ops, there will al­most cer­tainly be calls from fans to con­struct stat­ues of Vin Scully, Sandy Ko­ufax, Tom La­sorda, Maury Wills and Fer­nando Valen­zuela.

Presently, the most no­table dis­play for for­mer play­ers are the re­tired num­bers on the fa­cade of the suite level near the left-field foul pole. The num­bers are also dis­played in a plaza near the en­trance at the top of the park.

With the ex­cep­tion of Jim Gil­liam, the only play­ers whose num­bers are re­tired are Hall of Fame mem­bers. A for­mer All-Star, Gil­liam was a coach when he died shortly be­fore 1978 World Se­ries.

Valen­zuela isn’t in the Hall of Fame, but his No. 34 is unof­fi­cially re­tired, as club­house manager Mitch Poole has stead­fastly re­fused to is­sue it to an­other player.

If Wed­nes­day of­fered the Dodgers an op­por­tu­nity to ref lect on their his­tory, it also granted Adrian Gon­za­lez a chance to cre­ate some.

Gon­za­lez was two for five with a dou­ble and a run bat­ted in in the Dodgers’ victory, which com­pleted a three-game sweep.

Gon­za­lez has reached base two or more times in each of the first nine games of the sea­son.

The last Dodgers play­ers to do that had been Robin­son in 1952, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Gon­za­lez’s sixth-in­ning dou­ble was his 19th hit this sea­son, which gave him more hits through the first nine games of a sea­son than any player in club his­tory.

The Dodgers went ahead, 3-0, in the first in­ning, which was high­lighted by a two-run dou­ble by Scott Van Slyke.

Gon­za­lez in­creased the ad­van­tage to 4-0 when he sin­gled in Jimmy Rollins in the sec­ond in­ning.

Cen­ter fielder Joc Ped­er­son sin­gled in An­dre Ethier to ex­tend the lead to 5-0.

Ped­er­son also con­tin­ued to make con­tri­bu­tions on de­fense, mak­ing a div­ing catch in right-cen­ter field to take away a likely ex­tra-base hit from Mike Zunino in the sec­ond in­ning.

The most bizarre play was made by the player to whom Manager Don Mat­tingly has com­pared Ped­er­son: Mariners sec­ond base­man Robin­son Cano.

Cano was on third base and Nel­son Cruz on sec­ond when Lo­gan Mor­ri­son drew a walk in the sixth in­ning. Ev­i­dently be­liev­ing the bases were loaded, Cano ca­su­ally walked to­ward home plate. He was thrown out at third base by catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal.

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