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Connections to Robinson’s integration of baseball still seen in Brooklyn

A statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at MCU Park in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, where the minor league Cyclones team plays. The pedestal of the statue states that Reese, captain of the Dodgers, “stood by Jackie Robinson against prejudiced fans and fellow players” by walking over to Robinson, standing next to him and “silencing the taunts of the crowd” during a game in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Cyclones)
A statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at MCU Park in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, where the minor league Cyclones team plays. The pedestal of the statue states that Reese, captain of the Dodgers, “stood by Jackie Robinson against prejudiced fans and fellow players” by walking over to Robinson, standing next to him and “silencing the taunts of the crowd” during a game in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Cyclones)
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With the movie “42” bringing the Jackie Robinson story to a new generation, fans young and old may be inspired to visit some of the places in Brooklyn connected to the African-American athlete who integrated Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In Coney Island, a statue portrays Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, the white Dodger who stood by him in the face of racist taunts. At the cemetery on the ...


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