42 Expected to Thrill the Crowd

Posted on April 16, 2013 by

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On 12 April, the movie 42 hit the theaters. 42 is a biographical movie about Hall of Fame baseball player Jackie Robinson’s life and how he broke the color barrier in baseball.

42 was directed by Brian Helgeland, and it stars actors Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

“I plan on going to see the movie 42 because Jackie Robinson is an American hero. I always enjoy baseball movies, so that alone makes me want to go see 42,” senior Micah Storms said.

Chadwick Boseman will play the main role of Jackie Robinson in the movie. Harrison Ford plays the role of Branch Rickey, who was the general manager and signed Robinson to the Dodgers along with mentoring him. Boseman is best known for his role in the television series Lincoln Heights. Harrison Ford has starred in many top films, including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play baseball in the MLB. On 15 April 1947, he played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This broke racial segregation in baseball that forced African-Americans to play only in the Negro Leagues for six decades.

Jackie Robinson faced a lot of racism and diversity while playing baseball before the civil rights movement.
Robinson not only contributed to the civil rights movement; he also was an outstanding baseball player. Jackie Robinson was a 6 time all-star, a Rookie of the Year award winner in 1947, and an MVP award winner in 1949.
He also led the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the 1955 World Series.

Robinson made a huge impact on baseball, which is why he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Even though he died in 1972, every team in the MLB retired number 42 in 1997.

The MLB has also made 15 April Jackie Robinson day.  On this day, every player that is playing wears the number 42.

“Jackie Robinson’s story is very inspirational.  Being a baseball fan, I definitely plan on going to see it”, senior Zach Noll said.

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