Jackie Robinson Freeway approved by Assembly

Jackie Robinson Freeway approved by Assembly
The Jackie Robinson Memorial is just one other site honoring Pasadena's native son.

The Jackie Robinson Freeway will soon be another memorial honoring Pasadena’s native son, as is this memorial near city hall.

Pasadena has yet to run out of ways to honor its native son, baseball legend Jackie Robinson. The California State Assembly unanimously approved a resolution on Monday naming a stretch of the Interstate 210 after Robinson. The Senate will vote on it next.

If passed, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 197 would create the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway” on the I-210 between the 2 Freeway and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. This route runs from Pasadena to La Cañada Flintridge, and ultimately leads to the Dodger Stadium itself.

“It’s only fitting to honor Jackie Robinson by naming this stretch of highway near the home he grew up and lived in,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto. He co-authored the resolution with Assemblyman Chris Holden from Pasadena. They both serve on the Committee on Utilities and Commerce.

Robinson was raised in Pasadena, attending John Muir High School, Pasadena City College and UCLA. At UCLA, he was the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports. He was instrumental in changing attitudes at the Major Baseball League, where he was one of the first black players.

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