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Tim Anderson dons vintage wardrobe on Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson was a father, a husband, a baseball player, a civil rights leader and a role model. "PECLB002103-topic.html" class="local_link" >Ken Griffey Jr.

Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41 and was a four-sport athlete in baseball, track and field, basketball and football.

Saturday is the 70th anniversary of legendary Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and becoming the first African American to play in the modern era of Major League Baseball. But I was too enthralled with Reggie Jackson's irrepressible swag and the way Joe Morgan hitched his elbow when at bat.

Just as Jackie Robinson fought racism in the 1940s and 1950s, Detroit Tigers' great Hank Greenberg had to do the same with anti-Semitism in his time.

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On Saturday, Robinson's impact will be celebrated throughout baseball, from special lineup cards to jeweled bases to some players wearing commemorative cleats.

The jersey was so heavy, I couldn't believe people used to wear it playing baseball, let alone on a sizzling hot August afternoon.

Along with sporting No. 42, some players will also don special pieces of memorabilia during the day's games.

This will be the first statue at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962 and has been home to four World Series champions. The team will unveil his likeness during Jackie Robinson Day festivi.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will honor Robinson's memory this year by dedicating a statue.

"It's emotional", Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon said this week.

"It took certain qualities - courage, focus and precise timing - in order for someone to steal home plate", sculptor Branly Cadet said. More than 40 years later I realize why Robinson mattered so much to my dad, because he was a symbol of the possibilities that were ahead, not for him, but his young son.

"It means to me that we talk about it every year [on] this day", Baker said, "but to me, no big deal, because every day is Jackie Robinson Day to me".

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