Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/8/13
A despicable act of vandalism sparked a chorus of outrage Wednesday after swastikas and racist slurs were found scrawled on the iconic Jackie Robinson statue outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium. A manager at MCU Park in Coney Island stumbled upon the defaced statue about 8:30 a.m. just hours before thousands of kids showed up at the ballpark for Camp Day. Among the hate-filled messages written in black marker on the monument of Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese were: “Hile (sic) Hitler” “Die N----r” and “F--k Jackie Robinson and all N------s.” In a bid to help cops catch the hate-filled coward the Daily News is offering a $10000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Investigators were poring over surveillance video Wednesday night. The desecration drew fiery denunciations from a slew of politicians and former baseball stars — including one of Robinson’s last living teammates Ralph Branca. “I have no idea why anyone would do that” Branca 87 told the Daily News. “The statue signified a great moment in American history.” Sen. Chuck Schumer in a surprise visit to the site lashed out at the perpetrator. “I hope you’re punished for what you did because what [you] did put a dagger in the heart of what America is all about” Schumer said. “That there are still people who don’t understand what Jackie Robinson stood for in his grace and his strength and the beautiful person he was and to try and deface him defame him by defacing this statue is just an act of . . . it’s beyond words to me” he added. Photos of the defaced statue obtained by The News show an image of a swastika above a Hitler reference and the word “N-----s” scrawled twice on the base just above the inscription detailing the monument’s significance. The bronze and stone statue commemorates one of the most touching moments in baseball history. Robinson the first black man to play in the major leagues was met with a barrage of racist taunts and death threats when he strode out onto Cincinnati’s Crosley Field during his rookie year in 1947. Without warning Reese walked over to first base from shortstop. He slung his glove hand around Robinson’s shoulders in a gesture of friendship — and glared at the hecklers inside the Cincinnati dugout and those filling the stands above. Reese then ran his hand across the word “Brooklyn” on his jersey Branca recalled. The hecklers went silent.
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