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See “42” A Movie About One of America’s Greatest

April 15, 2013
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Jackie Robinson is a great figure in the history of America. He was the first Negro to play major league baseball. He was the man who broke the color barrier in professional sports. He led the way for the thousands of black, Latino and Asian athletes who followed.

Jackie Robinson was a rookie player for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Branch Rickey was the president of the Dodgers. World War II was over. It was Rickey’s idea that the nation was ready for a black player.

Robinson played first for the minor league Montreal Royals. He came to the Dodgers in 1947. He was named Rookie of the Year and the Dodgers went on to play and lose to the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series.

His performances as a person and as an athlete in the early years of his career were examples for all people everywhere.

Racists taunted him wherever he played, even in New York City. Mostly, he turned the other cheek and let his great athletic skills speak for him.

A movie about his life has just opened. Critics in Toronto and New York said the movie was “too Hollywood” but is still a valuable account of Robinson’s life.

Every minority athlete, from Mariano Rivera, the Yankee star, to Guan Tianlang, the 14 year-old golfer who just played in the Masters, owes a debt to Robinson.

Parents should take their children to see the movie. They will see acts of great courage. Jackie Robinson is a true American hero.

Sources: The Toronto Globe and Mail and The New York Times

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