Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Monument
Teammates, Friends, and Men of Courage and Conviction
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 by the crowd. This simple gesture challenged prejudice and created a powerful and enduring friendship.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson-number 42: Born 1919 Cairo, Georgia-Died 1972 Stanford, Connecticut.
On April 15, 1947 Robinson first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. In the face of hostility, he remained steadfast, winning his way into the Hall of Fame and the hearts of baseball fans. Robinson was a champion of the game of baseball, of justice, and of civil rights.
Harold Henry Reese: Born 1918 Ekron, Kentucky-Died 1999 Louisville, Kentucky
Known as Pee Wee, Reese was Captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the late 1940s and the early 1950s. He risked his career when he stood by Jackie Robinson against prejudiced fans and fellow players. With this act of defiance,
Location. 40° 34.488′ N, 73° 59.112′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Surf Ave. Touch for map. This monument is near the entrance to the MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1904 Surf Ave-Coney Island, Brooklyn NY 11224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance and Tribute Walk (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wonder Wheel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meucci Triangle (approx. 1½ miles away); Gravesend (approx. 1½ miles away); The Battle of Brooklyn (approx. 1½ miles away); Gravesend Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Gravesend Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); F. D. N. Y. (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
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