A Lasting Friendship
Detail of the Jackie Robinson-Peewee Reese Statue outside of MCU Park in Coney Island, New York. The statue, by sculptor William Behrends, was unveiled in late 2005. The stadium is home for the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league team of the New York Mets.
When Robinson broke the color barrier by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he was jeered and taunted by crowds and his life was threatened. In May, on the field in Cincinnati, that began to change when team captain and shortstop Peewee Reese came out onto the field and put his arm around his teammate, beginning a life-long friendship. The widows of both of these great men spoke at the 2005 unveiling. Robinson died in 1972, and Reese in 1999.