January 20th, 2013 at 11:44 pm
by Ron Cervenka
As we honor and celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., let us not forget this simple but symbolic gesture of support and friendship between two very close friends and Dodger teammates – Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson.
“This monument honors Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese: teammates, friends, and men of courage and conviction. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Reese supported him, and together they made history. In May 1947, on Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Robinson endured racist taunts, jeers, and death threats that would have broken the spirit of a lesser man. Reese, captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers, walked over to his teammate Robinson and stood by his side, silencing the taunts of the crowd. This simple gesture challenged prejudice and created a powerful and enduring friendship.”
This statue, created by sculptor William Behrends and unveiled on November 1, 2005 with the widows of both Hall of Famers in attendance, stands in front of MCU Stadium in Brooklyn, New York, and is a reminder to all that true friendship is colorblind.
(Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)
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