On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the City of Pasadena unveiled a statute of Jackie Robinson in a ceremony at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Mrs. Rachel Robinson, the wife of Jackie and their family were at the dedication, along with city leaders, elected ofﬁ cials, and sports personality Vin Scully, Hall of Fame Broadcaster and voice of Dodgers Baseball and Fred Claire, RBOC Member & former Dodgers General Manager, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Pasadena Vice Mayor John Kennedy, and council members, Victor Gordo and Tyron Hampton.
Jackie Robinson was honored for his courage and determination that changed the game of baseball and a society’s perception of what makes a hero.
Jackie made his home in Pasadena for 24 years. He played 13 games in the Rose Bowl Stadium and four years for Muir high school. He returned a kickoff in a 104 yard touchdown against Caltech in the Rose Bowl, in 1938 That record has not yet been broken.
Jackie’s jersey, Number 24, was retired and hangs on the east side of the Rose Bowl Stadium.
The event concluded with a reception for those in attendance.