“42: The True Story of an American Legend, Jackie Robinson”, Article by Sharon Abella

April 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Life is a ballgame, you’ve got to play it fair.”

Directed by Brian Helgeland, starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, and Nicole Beharie as Rachel Robinson.

Movies like this don’t come along everyday.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, “Jackie” (1919-1972),  Brooklyn, N.L., 1947-1956, was a player of extraordinary ability, renowned for his electrifying style of play. With over 10 seasons of .311, he scored more than 100 runs six times, he was named to six all-star teams, led Brooklyn to six pennants, and it’s only World Series title in 1955. In 1947, he was named Rookie of the Year, and in 1949, the N.L. MVP, when he hit a league-best .342, with 37 steals. Jackie Robinson led second basemen in double plays four times, and stole home 19 times. He displayed tremendous courage and poise in 1947, when he integrated the modern major leagues in the face of intense adversity.

Open-minded MLB Executive, Branch Rickey, saw past the color of Jackie Robinson’s skin. He saw something special in him, and signed him, making Jackie the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. As can be imagined, the Caucasian players felt threatened by his abilities, and used his race as one of the reasons to constantly berate, mock and ridicule him.  At a time in history when segregation still existed, “negroes” and “coloreds” were forced to use separate bathrooms and hotels, had difficult times finding housing, and were discriminated against on a routine basis, Jackie Robinson not only took all the insults the opposing teams and fans dished out without retaliating, he paved the way making it possible for future generations of multi-cultural players, and leaders including, Martin Luther King, Jr., to do what they did best.

Amazing they did not wear helmets and wore wool uniforms back then.

Enjoy this heart-wrenching, feel good film. In theaters, April 12, 2013.

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Article by Sharon Abella


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