Youngstown Mayor issues proclamation to mark 76th anniversary of Jackie Robinson handshake
Youngstown Mayor, Jamael "Tito" Brown has issued a proclamation to mark the 76th anniversary of Youngstown native, George "Shotgun" Shuba's historic handshake with Jackie Robinson.
On April 18, 1946, Robinson, the first Black baseball player in the modern minor leagues hit a three-run homer in his first game. While running back to home plate, he realized neither of his two teammates who scored ahead oh him were waiting to shake his hand.
That's when Shuba reached out and shook his hand, which created one of the most iconic moments in baseball history, as well as American history.
In 2021, a bronze statue commemorating the moment was installed and dedicated in Wean Park in Youngstown. The statue was financed by a $450,000 fundraising campaign that drew support from the Mahoning Valley and beyond.
Mayor Brown issued a proclamation to declare April 18 "Robinson Shuba Day" and encouraged this day to be commemorated each year moving forward.