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Dodgers to give away Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe mini statue

Mark Townsend
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(Dodgers on Twitter)

April 15, recognized as Jackie Robinson Day all around Major League Baseball, is already the most significant and important date on the baseball calendar. That’s especially true for the Dodgers organization, because it was on that date and with the Brooklyn Dodgers that Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.

But this year it will hold a little extra meaning for their organization, and also for the first 40,000 fans through the gates when they play host to the San Diego Padres.

Here's why:

As noted, the Dodgers announcement capped off what would have been Robinson's 94th birthday on Thursday. The folks over at Google also found a very special way to honor him.

I must say this is really a cool idea on the Dodgers part to not only remember Robinson, but to also honor two of his teammates who also happen to be two of the game's best in Roy Campanella, who was a three-time National League MVP and a 1969 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Don Newcombe, who can lay claim to a World Series championship, MVP, Cy Young and also a Rookie of the Year award.

The legendary trio played together for six seasons — interrupted by Newcombe's two years of military service in 1953-54 — and collected numerous accolades. Those include five MVPs, three pennants, one World Series (1955), while averaging 94 wins a season during the entire eight year stretch. Needless to say, their run together was pretty remarkable, and this will definitely be one of the coolest giveaways we'll see all season.

Of course some of the stiffest competition they will face will come from within, as the Dodgers have already announced bobblehead giveaways honoring Sandy Koufax, Magic Johnson and even Rick Monday saving the American flag in 1976.

I'd say the Dodgers marketing department is really on the top of their game right about now.

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