Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/17/13
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, 2B Eddie Stanky, who was teammates with Chapman on the 1944 and 1945 Dodgers, goes to Robinson’s aid by getting in Chapman’s face. Many that saw the film and were not familiar with the events may have taken the time to research Chapman, as well as other players and coaches portrayed in the movie. Looking up Chapman, you would find that he was actually a very good outfielder with the New York Yankees from 1930-1935. Sure he benefitted from playing with greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but he did accumulate some impressive numbers. After hitting .316, 10, 81 with 10 3Bs in his rookie season of 1930, C...
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