A Jackie Robinson statute that sits outside the Brooklyn Cyclones MCU Park in Coney Island was vandalized with racial slurs and swastikas on Tuesday night.
According to reports, “somebody spray-painted swastikas and racist slurs on the statue which depicts Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in a famous pose from 1947.”
Brooklyn Cyclones’ officials “made the disturbing discovery when they arrived at the park Wednesday morning,” and a team official said, “immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti.
Police are at the scene investigating the incident and are looking at video surveillance to find the perpetrators.
The Cyclones are a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets and the statute depicts one of the most important moments in baseball history, when southerner Pee Wee Reese embraced Jackie Robinson at Crosley Field in Cincinnati in 1947 when Robinson was the first black Major League baseball player and slurs were being hurled at him.
Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was on “the Bums” team that won the 1955 World Series, the only one the Dodgers would win in Brooklyn, against the New York Yankees.