Learn more about the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue and the remarkable people who inspired it.
Jackie Robinson made history by breaking the racial barrier and playing in the major leagues with white teammates. Robinson endured a great amount of resistance and hatred, but his resilience paved the way for future baseball players and athletes of all sports. Robinson’s career was initially seen as “Baseball’s Great Experiment” because no one was certain of the outcome.
But, because of Robinson’s character and civility, he was able to endure the hardships that were thrown at him, and he became one of Major League Baseball’s most valuable players, regardless of his skin color. Read more about Jackie Robinson on jackierobinson.org.
If you’d like to learn more about Jackie Robinson, his autobiography, I Never Had it Made, can be ordered from Amazon. Jackie Robinson: A Biography can also be ordered from Amazon.
George “Shotgun” Shuba was a Youngstown-native who played with Jackie Robinson for the Montreal Royals, AAA Dodgers’ affiliate during the historic introduction to integrated baseball. Shuba was known for his reliable line drives from the plate which earned him his “Shotgun” nickname. More than his athletic ability, Shuba made history by being one of the rare players that treated Robinson like a teammate and is responsible for a significant moment in both baseball and American history. During his first game with the Royals, Robinson hit a homerun on his second at bat, earning three runs for his team with one swing. Even though two players scored courtesy of this hit, neither of the base runners waited at the plate to celebrate with Robinson. Shuba, who was next to bat, noticed this and decided to step up and shake Robinson’s hand as he crossed home plate. This small gesture between teammates was not something Robinson experienced with many other players, thus making the moment notable in sports history.
To read more about Shuba, check out his Wikipedia profile and his fan page on Facebook.
If you’d like to learn more about George Shuba, his autobiography, My Memories as a Brooklyn Dodger, can be ordered from its publisher. An 18×22 lithograph poster, “A Handshake for the Century,” with George shaking Jackie Robinson’s hand, can be ordered from its publisher.