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Pasadena Students Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson's daughter, author Sharon Robinson, read excerpts of her latest book to an auditorium of wide-eyed third through fifth graders at a Pasadena elementary school

The legacy of baseball legend Jackie Robinson is being celebrated this week in his hometown of Pasadena.

Robinson's daughter Sharon spoke about her father at an elementary school and signed copies of her new book, "The Hero Two Doors Down," on the eve of Jackie Robinson day on Friday.

"It's a special day for baseball," she said. "It's a special day for my family."

At Robinson's alma mater, John Muir High School, students were expected to watch a screening of a new two-part documentary film on the hall of famer.

On Friday all the Major League Baseball players celebrate by wearing Robinson's number, 42.

Muir High School Principal Timothy Sippel said that Robinson, with his local connection, is a huge inspiration for children to this day.

"For them it's the idea of infinite potential," he said. "They have the opportunity, they have the potential to impact the world in ways that far exceed what they could imagine for themselves today."

Robinson graduated in 1937 and 10 years later broke the color barrier in professional baseball.

"I seriously doubt that's what he imagined would have happened 10 years later," said Sippel.

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