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Saturday, April 20, 2013

42


 
We saw 42 last week the Jackie Robinson story.  It brought me back to the days when my dad took me to see the St. Paul Saints at Lexington ballpark. My Dad was a huge baseball fan and followed the sport very closely. The Saints and also Montreal were the Brooklyn  Dodgers Triple A farm teams. Robinson played briefly for Montreal before being brought up by manager Branch Rickey to the Dodgers where he was  the first black American to plays in the “majors.”  I followed the Brooklyn team as well for many players on the Saints team were eventually  promoted to the Dodgers.  In those days the world series was a really big deal and we were allowed to listen to the games in our elementary classrooms.

Jackie Robinson in baseball and Doak Walker, a college football All American,  were my sports heroes.  Pro football had not yet become Americas favorite game.  It would eventually  replace baseball, which  then was regarded as our national pastime.  I remain loyal to baseball to the present day and have little or no interest in any other professional sports. 
 42 was a great movie which  brings to forefront the courageous struggle Robinson had against the bigotry and overt racism of his time. Dodger General Manager Branch Ricky (played by Harrison Ford) sought and young college graduate and star athlete to break the color barrier. Jackie Robinson  proved to fit the bill. That is strong enough to not fight back against the abuse and yet able to prove by his skill that he belonged.   For younger generations,  the portrayal of some of that abuse in the film will probably seem quite shocking.  For others of us it will be sadly remindful of the racism  we probably saw and heard in growing up.

10 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

Supposed to be a great movie, would like to see it, Francine.

Lo said...

Thanks for the tip on the movie. I loved Jackie....he was a fantastic athlete and a brave hero and he wa from my school, UCLA.

Anvilcloud said...

I once saw the Royals play in the 50s when I was a boy, but Jackie had moved on by then.

Montanagirl said...

I've seen that movie advertised. It looks like it would be pretty good. We'll probably wait to see it when it comes out on DVD. We don't go to theaters.

NCmountainwoman said...

Can't wait to see it.

Ms Sparrow said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this film. I can't imagine how much resolve and inner strength it took for him to stand up to the hatred of racism.

Retired English Teacher said...

Thanks for the review. We will have to see it. My husband will love it.

Jo's World said...

My Dad was the baseball fan at our house. It was not unusual on the weekends that he would have one game on the television and another one on the radio. It was too crazy making for me, and I would find somewhere to go!

Cheers,
Jo in MN

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Clementine Moonflower said...

I took my kids to see it, 10 and 6. They enjoyed it, especially the older one. Some might disagree, but I don't believe in shielding them from the reality of the world. I want them to understand what hate is so that they grow up to be loving. I thought the movie was awesome! I cried during the scene where he had to leave the field.