College baseball: UCLA honors Jackie Robinson Day with throwback uniforms
On the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color barrier, it's not just Major League Baseball remembering the Hall of Famer.
Robinson's alma mater UCLA will be taking the field Saturday against Stanford in throwback jerseys reminiscent of the Brooklyn Dodgers uniform that Robinson sported from 1947-56. The uniforms include the signature white "B" on a Dodger blue cap and even old-fashioned stirrups. This is the third straight year UCLA has unveiled special Jackie Robinson-inspired jerseys to honor his memory.
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Prior to Saturday's game, UCLA released a video of current Bruins showing appreciation for Robinson's lasting impact:
The university also welcomed Jackie's wife Rachel Robinson and the Robinson family back to Westwood to visit the "42" monument in front of the Jackie Robinson Athletics & Recreation Complex on Friday. Robinson's No. 42, which he wore for the Dodgers, was retired across Major League Baseball in 1997.
Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41 and was a four-sport athlete in baseball, track and field, basketball and football. In 10 MLB seasons, he batted .311 and was honored as Rookie of the Year (1947) and Most Valuable Player (1949). He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1955.
But Robinson's impact goes far beyond his stats. Robinson opened the door for other African Americans to play Major League Baseball and was a key civil rights advocate off the diamond.
UCLA plays its home games at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Outside its doors sits a bronze statue of Robinson, which was dedicated in 1985.