ESPN in Youngstown shooting segment on Shuba statue

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The statue will capture the moment Jackie Robinson hit a home run and Youngstown native George Shuba reached out and shook his hand

Robinson-Shuba handshake with sculptor.

Courtesy of the Robinson-Shuba Statue Committee

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show that the statue dedication will not take place in April. We’re sorry for the mistake.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – ESPN will join CBS This Morning and Sports Illustrated in highlighting the Robinson-Shuba Handshake statue that will be placed in Youngstown.

The statue was expected to be dedicated in April on the 75th anniversary of the handshake. It has been postponed over COVID-19 concerns. A decision on when the rescheduled dedication will be is expected by mid-May.

An ESPN production crew was in Youngstown on Tuesday recording a story about the historic handshake and the statue it will commemorate.

The report is scheduled to air shortly before April 18 — the anniversary of the handshake.

The event the statue memorializes happened in Jackie Robinson’s professional debut, one year before he was called up to the Majors. Robinson hit a home run and Youngstown-native George Shuba reached out and shook his hand.

ESPN interviewed George’s son, Mike Shuba, and local McDonald’s franchisee Herb Washington, who is co-chair of the statue planning committee.

Derrick McDowell, the community engagement and inclusion coordinator for the Wean Park Complex where the statue will be placed, was also interviewed for the report.

The ESPN Robinson-Shuba statue story is part of ESPN’s Black History Always content initiative.

The statue will be located near the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.

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