Statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese re-dedicated

Brooklyn Currents | 8/20/2013 | 0 comments

Jackie Robinson

The statue of Jackie Robinson and teammate Pee Wee Reese at the Cyclones' MCU Stadium was re-dedicated Monday night, Aug. 19.

Earlier this month vandals scrawled the N-word, "Hitler," and other epithets at the base of the statue.

Workers were able to clean the words off Jackie Robinson's legs, but the graffiti on the porous base had to be sandblasted for several days. The original inscriptions had to be re-painted in.

Workers had draped over the portion of the base before the scrawls were removed.

Members of the Jackie Robinson Little League joined dignitaries for the re-dedication ceremonies.

"We won, and these mutants lost," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The statue now looks as it did in 2005, when it was dedicated to honor the friendship between Reese and Robinson. Number 42 broke baseball's color barrier six decades ago by taking the field as a Brooklyn Dodger.

The Cyclones have a symbolic connection to the Dodgers, since the Coney Island minor-league team brought baseball back to the borough.

"We don't want to dwell on the punks that committed these act, but one thing I want you to know, I want them to be apprehended," Markowitz said.

Several organizations have collectively offered more than than $50,000 in reward money for  arrest and conviction of the vandals.


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