Found April 19, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
If you paid $10 to see 42, and you expected to see the story of anyone other than Jackie Robinson, one of two things likely happened: You went to the right movie, but for the wrong reason You missed a great movie … and that’s a shame Maybe, both. Coincidentally, sports media reporter Ed Sherman fell victim to both of those circumstances. In a column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University Sherman seemed disappointed by the fact that 42  “… hardly captures the totality of (Wendell) Smith’s role in integrating baseball and his overall impact on the life of the baseball legend.” A quick refresher for younger generations who might be asking the question: Who is Wendell Smith? He was an African-American sportswriter who recommended Robinson to Branch Rickey. Smith was also a victim of discrimination like many working black men and women of the generation. He wasn’t allowed in the press box at Forbes Field and wasn’t welcomed in the all-white Baseball Writers Ass...

Video: USC Releases Footage Of Jackie Robinson Playing Football For UCLA

Jackie Robinson, football star? Yup, once upon a time. USC released footage of a game in 1939 between the Trojans and the UCLA Bruins, Robinson’s team, which resulted in a 0-0 tie but had some pretty good action. In the video, you can see Robinson break a few tackles and launch a vicious hit to pop the ball loose when USC was threatening to score.  As great as Robinson looks on...

Jackie Robinson UCLA Highlights to Make You Feel Like You've Never Accomplished Anything

Before Jackie Robinson was a blue "42" in every major league stadium he was a civil rights icon. Before that he was a Major League MVP, All Star, Rookie of the Year and World Series champion. Before that he was an officer in the U.S. Army who got court martialed for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus. But before all that Robinson was one of the greatest athletes...

Jackie Robinson UCLA Football Highlights From 1939 Show Baseball Star’s Incredible Athleticism (Video)

Jackie Robinson was a darn-good baseball player, but if he chose not to pursue America’s Pastime, it’s pretty obvious that he had a solid backup plan in football. On Monday, a UCLA-USC highlight from 1939 hit the internet. In it, Robinson (No. 28 on UCLA) can be seen dominating on both offense and defense. Robinson was one of four black players on the 1939 squad, along with...

Jackie Robinson’s Overlooked Chronicle of Racial Integration in Baseball

(Source: This past week MLB commemorated Jackie Robinson’s ground-breaking career, with all players wearing his number 42 during Monday’s and Tuesday’s games.  Robinson passed away in 1972, well before I was born (well, a few years anyway) so like a lot of “younger” fans, I only know of his historic contributions to the game and civil rights through second...

Ben Chapman: borderline Hall of Fame path to all around bad guy

If you have seen the movie “42″, you will see former Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman as the evilest character in the entire film. While Jackie Robinson suffers from all types of racism and abuse, it is Chapman who is the most vocal and vulgar in his actions. The movie shows Chapman yelling racial slurs to Robinson he bats, nearly getting Robinson to respond. Finally...

New Era makes Jackie Robinson-dedicated commercial (Video)

With the movie "42" premiering last week and Jackie Robinson day being held through-out Major League Baseball this week, the fine folks over at New Era ball caps released their own commercial dedicated to the Brooklyn Dodger. The spot was called "First Changes Everything" and features many actors (young and old) tipping their hats to the legendary player:

The Ballparks of Jackie Robinson 42 Movie

The 42 movie was a Jackie Robinson biography, but a Branch Rickey biopic at the same time. And both men were important in bringing us to where we are today regarding racial relations in America. For those still planning to see the acclaimed 42 movie about Jackie Robinson, I urge you to pay special attention to the stadium which supposedly is Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, or, for that...

Chicks Dig the Long Ball: Robinson Cano Honors Jackie Robinson With This Dinger

Jackie Robinson is in the forefront of the minds of baseball fans everywhere with the release of the hit movie about his journey to the Big Leagues. While wearing the great's number--42--Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano showed the former great some love by knocking this one out of the park, a three--run shot to give his team the lead. Your browser does not support iframes.

A Chat with Chadwick Boseman, Star of Jackie Robinson Biopic "42"

When Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford) defied baseball’s “color barrier” by signing an African-American player, he...

Denard Robinson totally redeems himself

After throwing out the first pitch for the Tigers and spiking it into the ground, Denard Robinson had a chance to kind of redeem himself before a Michigan baseball game on Tuesday. Not donning jeans and wearing Jackie Robinson's No. 42, @DenardX made it to home plate with his throw this time ...  ... at maybe 40 miles per hour.  Totally redeemed himself.  H/T Freep
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