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MLB: Indians unveil statue of barrier-breaking manager Frank Robinson

MLB: Indians unveil statue of barrier-breaking manager Frank Robinson

The Cleveland Indians and Frank Robinson made history four decades ago when he became the first African-American manager in the major leagues. They celebrated again on Saturday when they unveiled a statue of Robinson before their game against Kansas City.

“It's such a great day here,” he said in a speech during the ceremony. “I didn't think I would see this day. I never thought I would be here to see something like this.”

The Indians hired Robinson following the 1974 season and he made his debut on April 8, 1975. Still active as a player, he made the day even more memorable by hitting a home run in his first at-bat.

The statue shows Robinson holding...

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