Jackie Robinson Rotunda Dedicated At Citi Field

By: Associated Press - Mike Fitzpatrick Email
By: Associated Press - Mike Fitzpatrick Email

NEW YORK (AP) - Introduced to a standing ovation, Rachel Robinson stepped to the podium at Citi Field and smiled as she gazed around the regal new rotunda that bears her husband's name.

Majestic, black and white photos adorn the brick and tile walls - Jackie Robinson with his Brooklyn Dodgers teammates, and pioneering general manager Branch Rickey. Robinson leaping high in a UCLA track uniform, walking tall in a cap and gown, kneeling with children as they show him their art work.

High above the ballpark entrance, an inscription of his famous quote: "a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." At the other end of the room, an 8-foot, blue sculpture of his no. 42.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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