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Baseball legends present $200K donation to Jackie Robinson Foundation

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Alex Butler
Davie Winfield and Darryl Strawberry were part of a group Monday in Miami that presented a $200,000 check to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Photo courtesy of New Era
Davie Winfield and Darryl Strawberry were part of a group Monday in Miami that presented a $200,000 check to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Photo courtesy of New Era

July 10 (UPI) -- Darryl Strawberry and Gary Sheffield were among several MLB legends to hand over a $200,000 check to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Andre Dawson, Dave Winfield, Jerry Manuel and Rickey Henderson joined Strawberry, Sheffield, New Era Cap Foundation president Chris Koch and Fear of God co-founder and designer Jerry Lorenzo to present the donation.

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New Era and Fear of God collaborated to make limited-edition 59FIFTY hats that mimic those worn by MLB players in the 1980s and 90s. The caps pay homage to African-American MLB stars that played in All-Star Games from 1981 to 2000. They retail for $150 and were only sold this week in Miami.

There are 11 hats in total to honor the legends. Those legends include: Winfield, Strawberry, Dawson, Henderson, Manuel, Sheffield and Ken Griffey Jr. The players waived royalty payments, which went toward the donation to the Jackie Robinson foundation.

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Robinson's wife, Rachel Robinson, founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 1973.

The foundation "has advanced higher education by providing generous, multi-year scholarship awards coupled with a comprehensive set of support services to highly motivated JRF Scholars and Extra Innings Fellows attending colleges and universities throughout the country.," according to its website.

The Jackie Robinson Museum broke ground in April in New York City.

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"Mom turns 95 in July, and this [opening the museum] is her birthday present," Sharon Robinson told the New York Times in April. "This is what she wanted for his legacy, to show that struggle is a process. We knew him in the family not as a baseball player, but as an activist."

Robinson hit .311 with 137 home runs and 197 stolen bases in 10 seasons. He was a six-time All-Star. He was the 1949 MVP a member of the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers.

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