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Brooklyn - Coney Island: Keyspan Park - Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue | by wallyg
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Brooklyn - Coney Island: Keyspan Park - Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue

This statue of of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, by sculptor William Behrends was unveileved at KeySpan Park on November 1, 2005.

 

The monument consists of two 8-foot-tall bronze figures that stand on a six-sided pedestal inscribed with the following words:

 

"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."

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Taken on August 5, 2006