Robinson-Shuba Statue Unveiled in Downtown Youngstown.

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:

Here is a video archive of the ceremony:

 

Here are some photos from the event:

Jan Strasfeld, retired president of the Youngstown Foundation, and Sally Bany, chair of the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation in Wilsonville, Ore., pull away the covers.

At nearly 7 feet fall, the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue stands in Wean Park in downtown Youngstown after its unveiling Saturday.

Herb Washington, who played for the Oakland Athletics in the 1970s and now owns several McDonald’s Restaurants in the Youngstown area, speaks at Saturday’s unveiling ceremony.  

Mike Shuba of Youngstown, son of the late George “Shotgun” Shuba, admires the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue.