The Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue was dedicated and unveiled Saturday in downtown Youngstown (photos below).
Jan Strasfeld, retired president of the Youngstown Foundation, and Sally Bany, chair of the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation in Wilsonville, Ore., pulled away the curtains to uveil the bronze memorial portraying baseball great Jackie Robinson and Youngstown native George “Shotgun” Shuba.
The memorial to their 1946 handshake at home plate in Robinson’s debut game in mainstream professional baseball was designed as a monument to teamwork and unity across racial lines.
Here are some news stories about today’s event:
- Business Journal: Robinson-Shuba Statue Unveiled in Victorious Ceremony
- Mahoning Matters: Robinson-Shuba Statue Unveiled in Youngstown
- Cleveland.com: George Shuba-Jackie Robinson Statue Unveiled 75 Years After Special Handshake During Ballgame
- WFMJ-TV Channel 21: Robinson-Shuba handshake statue unveiled in downtown Youngstown
- Vindicator: Historic Handshake Unveiled; Its Symbolism Runs Deep
- WKBN-TV Channel 27: Robinson-Shuba “A Handshake for the Century” Statue Unveiled in Youngstown
Here is a video archive of the ceremony:
Here are some photos from the event: