Several members of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania were involved in the preparation and construction of the George Shuba and Jackie Robinson commemorative statue site, which celebrates the historic handshake between baseball teammates.
Youngstown native George Shuba extended his hand to congratulate Robinson as Robinson crossed home plate following a 3-run homer, officially shattering the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
To honor this historic event and its local ties, donors raised $400,000 for the statue’s construction, which was sculpted by Marc Mellon, a Connecticut-based artist. Donations ranged from ten dollars to $175,000 from a charitable foundation in Oregon. Read more