Trash Can Fire at Garvey Park
The Wichita Fire Department responded to a trash can fire at Garvey Park early Tuesday morning, only to discover remnants of the stolen Jackie Robinson statue. The heartbreaking discovery has left the community saddened and determined to rebuild.
Symbol of Hope
During a press conference, Wichita City Council Member Brandon Johnson expressed his disappointment at the damaged statue but assured everyone that the community remains undeterred in their mission to rebuild and restore the symbol of hope. Johnson urged the community to donate to a fund set up by League 42 for a replacement statue.
New Statue to Replace the Old
League 42 founder Bob Lutz acknowledged the setback but emphasized that the focus now is on moving forward. Plans are already in motion to incorporate a brand-new statue that closely resembles the original one.
Thieves Still at Large
The thieves responsible for the theft of the statue have not yet been apprehended. However, the police have uncovered a pick-up truck believed to have been used in the crime and have “promising” leads. The investigation continues.
A Tribute to Jackie Robinson
The stolen statue, valued at $50,000, was placed at McAdams Park in 2021. The park serves as a gathering place for approximately 600 children participating in a youth baseball league. Jackie Robinson, a trailblazer who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, is a legendary figure in the sport. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson’s legacy is one of courage, determination, and excellence.
A Call for Unity
The loss of the statue has united the community in its resolve to honor Jackie Robinson’s memory. The City Council Member and League 42 founder have called upon the community to come together and contribute to the replacement statue fund.
A Story of Inspiration
Jackie Robinson’s impact reaches far beyond the baseball diamond. A seven-time All-Star, Robinson’s achievements paved the way for future generations of athletes of all backgrounds. Sadly, Robinson passed away in 1972 at the age of 53, and it is widely believed that the immense stress he endured during his playing days contributed to his untimely death.
The Wichita community remains dedicated to preserving his legacy and ensuring that the symbol of hope he represents will be restored to its rightful place.