On April 18, 1946, Jackie Robinson, the first black American in professional major league baseball, played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers' minor league club - Montreal Royals. In this game he hit his first home run. After rounding all the bases, he reached his teammates. George Shuba from Youngstown, Ohio, was the first to congratulate him. This has become the first interracial handshake in professional baseball.
"The Handshake." (Photo courtesy: Mike Shuba)
Today there is a bronze statue in Youngstown that commemorates this
iconic moment. Zuzana Botiková reached out to Mike Shuba, George's son, who stands behind the initiative.
George Shuba and Jackie Robinson
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