Sculptor William Behrends
Inspired by the friendship of two Brooklyn Dodger baseball players who helped advance integration in the Major Leagues, this figurative sculpture depicting the two teammates, was dedicated November 1, 2005 at the entrance to the home the Brooklyn Cyclones. The artwork honors historical events of broad social significance, and is intended to serve as an inspiration to visitors, especially children.
INSCRIPTION ON BASE OF STATUE
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.
Born 1919 Cairo, Georgia – Died 1972 Stamford, Connecticut / Jack Roosevelt Robinson / # 42
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.
Born 1918 Ekron, Kentucky – Died 1999 Louisville, Kentucky / Harold Henry Reese / # 1
Known as Pee Wee, Reese was Captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He risked his career when he stood by Jackie Robinson against prejudiced fans and fellow players. With this act of defiance, the Hall of Fame Shortstop became a powerful and influential model of true humanity.