Movie on Jackie Robinson is a Must See
May 08, 2013
Are you baseball fan? If you answered yes to that question, you owe it to yourself to see the new movie, 42. The movie chronicles the breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball by Jackie Robinson in the summer of 1947. I recently took in the movie with my son, and we enjoyed it on many levels. Obviously, it is a baseball movie, and just as obviously, it is a race relations movie. As a race relation film, it gives moviegoers the opportunity to reflect on present conditions in our country as well as contemplate what it must have been like in our country sixty-six years ago.
The movie took on added personal meaning for me because my older brother, Dave, was a rabid Dodger fan. Like all boys, we had a favorite team. Mine was the Cubs because the old radio on our porch could pull in their games. Dave's team was the Dodgers. I never knew why since we lived on a farm in Nebraska. We were at an age and a place where black and white was not an issue. When we played our version of stick ball and tried to hit our red rubber ball over the pony pasture fence, I was always Hank Sauer or Ernie Banks, and Dave was always Pee Wee Reese or Jackie Robinson. I am now approaching 70 and I lost Dave nearly 20 years ago. How I would have liked to watch this movie with him. You know, maybe I did.
Viewing 42 will touch people of different ages and different backgrounds in a variety of ways. I have visited with many baseball fans about the movie, and I have yet to find one who did not enjoy it. The movie takes some literary license, but for the most part, it follows the facts very closely. Should 42 whet your appetite for more detailed information about this amazing story, the following books available at MCPL will be of interest to you:
- Opening Day: The story of Jackie Robinson's First Season by Jonathan Eig
- Carrying Jackie's Torch: The Players who Integrated Baseball - and America by Steve Jacobson
Two Web Resources available through MCPL will also provide you with information on all things baseball: