The California Assembly Tuesday passed a resolution to name a portion of the 210 Freeway after Brooklyn Dodgers legend, Jackie Robinson. The Hall Of Famer grew up in Pasadena where he attended John Muir High School, Pasadena City College and UCLA.
Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, breaking the color barrier by becoming the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.
In 1997, as a part of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jackie Robinson became the first pro athlete to have his number, 42, retired league wide. Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank said:
Jackie Robinson is not only an inspiring figure to us for his accomplishments in athletics, but also as a civil-rights-era trailblazer who advocated for social change.
Gatto, who coauthored the bill to honor Jackie Robinson, went on to say:
His contributions to baseball and society have made an everlasting impression on our nation.
The 4.2 mile stretch of the 210 Freeway starts from Gould Avenue to Orange Grove Boulevard will be named, “Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway”.
CA names a freeway after @Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson. It's the I-210 stretch between Gould and Orange Grove in Pasadena, his hometown.
— Kim Baldonado (@KimNBCLA) August 23, 2016
The Jackie Robinson Memorial Freeway will be a constant reminder of not only his legendary baseball career, but for his exceptional courage and his cemented influence on society.