A measure that would rename a portion of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Freeway” passed the California House of Representatives this week and is now before the state senate.
Robinson grew up in Pasadena before playing baseball for UCLA and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
“Jackie Robinson is not only an inspiring figure to us for his accomplishments in athletics, but also as a civil-rights-era trailblazer who advocated for social change,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the author of ACR 197. “His contributions to baseball and society have made an everlasting impression on our nation.”
The measure, joint authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), would create the Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway” on Interstate 210 between State Route 2 and Orange Grove Blvd.
Cadet, who lived in Brooklyn before settling on the west coast in Oakland, CA, is creating the Robinson piece around the theme, “Leveling the Playing Field.” Cadet’s previous works include the William Shakespeare medallion at the former Booth Theatre site in New York City, and the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Memorial in front of the New York State Office Building in New York City. He is also currently working on a privately funded large-scale monument for the City of Philadelphia.
The Robinson statue will be approximately nine to ten feet tall and, once completed, will be unveiled at Dodger Stadium at a location to be determined.
As for when we might see the statue, the release mentions only that it will be unveiled “during the 2016 season.”
Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, is quoted in the release as saying that “Branly Cadet’s excitement for the project is heartening, and I look forward to the unveiling with great enthusiasm.”
Dodgers players and coaches wear their number 42 jerseys during pregame ceremonies on Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
There was enough pomp and circumstance Wednesday at Dodger Stadium to fill — well, Dodger Stadium. It was the Civil Rights Game, on Jackie Robinson Day, with every player wearing number 42. The Dodgers honored Robinson with their play as much as their words.