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MLB to fund 30 Jackie Robinson scholarships

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FILE - In this April 11, 1947 file photo, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers poses at Ebbets Field in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Robinson’s widow said Major League Baseball has yet to fully honor her husband’s legacy. “There is a lot more that needs to be done and that can be done in terms of the hiring, the promotion” of minorities in the sport, Rachel Robinson said Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 during a Q&A session with TV critics about “Jackie Robinson,” a two-part PBS documentary airing in April. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will fund 30 four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships, one for each of the sport’s teams, and will contribute $1 million to the project to build a Robinson museum in New York.

As part of Tuesday’s announcement, MLB said Robinson scholars will mentor people in the sport’s youth and community programs with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, MLB Urban Youth Academies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947.

MLB previously has given more than $15 million to the foundation’s scholarship program and for the museum. The foundation assists 225 students annually. The foundation said $21 million has been raised toward the museum’s $24 million goal for construction.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that baseball wants to “reflect Jackie’s vision for our American society and positively impact future generations.”