YOUNGSTOWN — Supporters of the proposed statue to mark the historic 1946 handshake of baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and George "Shotgun" Shuba of Youngstown today announced a $25,000 grant for the project from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation.
“We appreciate this grant and the momentum we’re establishing as more people learn about this project and its important message about racial unity,” said Ernie Brown, co-chairman of the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue Committee. “Community leaders like the J. Ford Crandall trustees reflect the mindset of Jackie Robinson, George Shuba and many others who believe people from different races should always treat each other with fairness and respect.”
Attorney Andrew G. Bresko, managing member of the J. Ford Crandall Foundation board of trustees, said the grant reflects the wishes of the late J. Ford Crandall, who established a grant through the Probate Court to support such causes in Mahoning County.
Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. stated that J. Ford Crandall “would be pleased to be part of this historic statue commemorating the principles of fairness and respect demonstrated by George Shuba.”
Plans call for the statue to be dedicated April 18, 2021, the 75th anniversary of the handshake. The proposed site for the statue is near the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.