Robin­son hon­ored anew

Statue of sports icon and Pasadena fa­vorite son will be in­stalled at the Rose Bowl.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Sam Farmer

Jackie Robin­son will have a per­ma­nent home at the Rose Bowl.

A com­mem­o­ra­tive statue honor­ing the trail­blaz­ing sports icon will be in­stalled this fall out­side the main gate of the his­toric venue, ac­cord­ing to Legacy Con­nec­tions, the pri­vate non­profit fundrais­ing arm of the Rose Bowl Sta­dium.

The statue, a gift from the Tull Family Foun­da­tion, will de­pict Robin­son in a foot­ball uni­form. Best known for break­ing base­ball’s color bar­rier — in April, the Dodgers un­veiled a statue of the Hall of Famer at Dodger Sta­dium — Robin­son was a grad­u­ate of John Muir High in Pasadena and let­tered in four sports, including foot­ball, at both Pasadena City Col­lege and UCLA.

The Bru­ins have called the Rose Bowl their home field since 1982.

“Jackie Robin­son is a true Amer­i­can le­gend,” Alba and Thomas Tull said in a writ­ten state­ment, “and we are so hon­ored to be able to rec­og­nize his legacy in a town and for a team that meant so much to him and the Robin­son family.”

Robin­son, who died in 1972, was voted most valu­able player of PCC’s foot­ball team in 1938 and was an all­con­fer­ence quar­ter­back. In a win over Cal Tech that year, he ran back a kick­off 104 yards for a touch­down, still be­lieved to be the long­est re­turn in the his­tory of the Rose Bowl sta­dium.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.