42


Movie:  2013


This is the Jackie Robinson story.  If you were to watch a baseball game before 1947 you would be watching a bunch of white men playing the game.  That all changed when, in 1947, at the age of 28, Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


Branch Rickey, the Dodger owner, whether out of humanistic motive or the desire to win by tapping the great talent outside the major leagues, defied the status quo and brought Robinson up.  Soon after his success, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe joined the team and today of course nobody cares.


Technically there were black players in the 1880s, but they became segregated at that time and stayed that way until Jackie Robinson, Number 42, broke that barrier.  Branch Rickey, excellently played by Harrison Ford, was the shirt and tie partner to the scrappy first baseman.  He moved to second the next year and stayed there for most of his career.


Robinson’s number:  42, is the only number to be retired by all of major league baseball.  Any player still active who wore it in 1997 when the rule was established was allowed to keep it until they retired.  The only player still wearing it at the time of this film is Mariano Rivera, pitcher for the New York Yankees.  Rivera considers it an honor.


Not a great movie but a great story.  Definitely worth the price of admission if you like baseball or people.