The tale of the iconic handshake is enjoying national exposure again with the posting of stories today by ESPN and its affiliate, The Undefeated.
The story about the Robinson-Shuba handshake and the statue celebrating it will debut on theundefeated.com and air across ESPN platforms.
The statue project enjoyed tremendous publicity Sunday with the airing of CBS Sunday Morning’s feature on the important memorial to racial equality.
A CBS crew interviewed principals of the project and shot video of the site for the memorial to historic 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson and George Shuba.
Sports Illustrated spotlighted the 1946 Robinson-Shuba handshake in a recent story about the role of handshakes in sports.
The Robinson-Shuba “Handshake for the Century” celebrates the handshake of Shuba, a Youngstown native, and baseball superstar Jackie Robinson on April 18, 1946, when they were teammates for the Montreal Royals. Robinson had just hit a three-run homer in his debut game as the first black player in the formerly all-white minor leagues, and Shuba was the first to congratulate him at home plate.