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Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Presents: "42" The True Story of an American Legend
Arrives in theaters: Apri 13, 2013
Written and Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Judy Tylor, Jon Bernthal, Nicole Beharie, Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight
The Role of Jackie Robinson: Chadwick Boseman
Song in Trailer: Jay-Z track "Brooklyn Go Hard."
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Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has inked a trading card agreement with CMG Worldwide.
The deal, effective immediately, gives Panini America rights to incorporate 12 of CMG Worldwide's most legendary baseball names in its newly licensed Major League Baseball Players Association products including: Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, Johnny Mize, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, Roy Campanella, Thurman Munson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Jim Thorpe.
That legendary list of players will be featured in several of Panini America's future baseball card sets, beginning with 2011 Panini Prime Cuts available in March at hobby shops nationwide.
"We are truly excited to partner with CMG Worldwide on a deal that will significantly strengthen our baseball product roster by giving us access to some of the greatest players in baseball history," said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. "Utilizing our unrivaled expertise in the areas of innovation and collectibility, we'll show these all-time greats to fans and collectors in a whole new light."
Added Phillip Korkis, CMG Worldwide's Director of Sports Licensing & Legal Counsel: "We have the pleasure of representing some of the greatest players in baseball history - it was a natural fit to work with one of the global leaders in the trading card industry, Panini America. Panini has an innovative and exciting product vision and we are looking forward to having our clients be a part of that."
In September, Panini America acquired a trading card license from the Major League Baseball Players Association to become the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.
Panini America became the exclusive trading card partner of the NBA beginning with the 2009-10 season. The Panini Group purchased the industry's second-oldest trading-card company, Donruss, in March 2009 and formed the new subsidiary, Panini America, Inc. Since that time, Panini has taken significant steps to fortify its leadership position in the sports and entertainment collectibles arena.
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
One of baseball's most inspirational stories will soon have a powerful cast to bring it to life.
Legendary Pictures announced Friday that it has cast Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in an upcoming film about the ballplayer-turned-civil rights icon. Brian Helgeland, the author of "L.A. Confidential" and "Mystic River," has been tabbed to write and direct the story about Robinson famously breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947.
Ford, the star of the long-running "Indiana Jones" franchise and an Academy Award Best Actor nominee in 1985 for the feature film "Witness," will bring his considerable weight to Rickey's role. Rickey, a Hall of Fame executive, is best known for bringing Robinson to the big leagues and changing baseball forever, but he's also received credit for all but creating the modern-day Minor League farm system.
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Already a baseball legend forever present in America's memory, Jackie Robinson, the barrier-breaking first black man to play Major League Baseball, will be immortalized on the silver screen.
Legendary Pictures officially announced the long-gestating Robinson bio film, with the company's CEO Thomas Tull producing and "LA Confidential" writer Brian Helgeland behind the camera.
"My family and I are thrilled to have this important film on Jack produced by Legendary Pictures," Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). "We are proud of his lasting impact on our society, and we know that the legacy he left is inspiring and worth preserving."
While the role of the baseball legend has yet to be cast -- and won't be nearly as accurate as the 1950 film, "The Jackie Robinson Story," in which Robinson himself starred -- Robert Redford is already attached to star as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Robinson.
"No one really knows the Rickey part, the political maneuvers and the partnership they had to share," Redford recently told the Los Angeles Times. "It's the story underneath the story you thought you knew."
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Credit: Pioneer Press
As a child, Ron Rabinovitz was introduced to baseball legend Jackie Robinson. It was the start of a friendship that lasted two decades. Rabinovitz, who lives in Edina, plans to attend Jackie Robinson Day festivities today during the Twins-Red Sox game at Target Field, and he's scheduled to speak about his relationship with Robinson on Sunday and Monday at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Here is Rabinovitz ...
On his relationship with Robinson: "I was very fortunate to know this wonderful man personally. It all started with my dad writing him a letter telling him how much I admired him. He wrote back. Thus began a friendship that lasted 20 years until he passed away. During those 20 years were letters, lunches, dinners, words of wisdom and advice to a kid who admired him as my hero. The man that was helping my beloved Dodgers win pennants. As I grew older, I realized how much more than baseball Jackie was. This was a true role model for a kid growing up. He never drank, he never smoked, he never took drugs and he never refused to give a kid an autograph. "
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Click on the link below to listen to Jackie Robinson's Final Interview on Oct. 18, 1972:
This exclusive radio interview by Larry Upton, a former shortstop in the Brooklyn Dodger Organization and a Boston radio sportscaster and anchorman, is the last reported interview of the legendary Robinson, before he died of a heart attack on Oct. 24, 1972. This interview aired on a Boston radio station just six days prior to Robinson's passing.
Upton conducted this candid interview to get Robinson's reaction to "Sporting News" announcing his entry into baseball was the greatest sports story of the past 25 years.
During this seven minute interview, Robinson discussed how he saved the game of baseball by breaking down the color barrier. He also revealed his greatest thrill of the game and talked about the devastating loss of his son, Jackie Jr.
According to Upton, "Jackie Robinson was more than just a great baseball player; he was a great human being."
One of the nation’s largest online auctions of highly prized sports memorabilia and cards is underway.
The SCP Auction is featuring valuable items from many CMG legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Roy Campanella, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Knute Rockne, Jim Thorpe, and Honus Wagner.
Some of the coveted items include: a flawlessly penned single-signed Babe Ruth baseball; a bat used by the "Georgia Peach" himself, Ty Cobb; a very rare bat used by Walter Johnson; an exceptional 1952 World Series bat used by Roy Campanella; a very rare key card from the 1910 Ju Ju Drum Candy issue, featuring Ty Cobb; an exquisite Lou Gehrig 1930s autographed photograph by George Burke; an eye appealing rookie card of legendary Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson; a Notre Dame football signed by legendary coach, Knute Rockne; a beautiful Jim Thorpe trading card from the 1955 Topps All American football series; and a signed check by Honus Wagner.
The SCP Auction will run Thursday February 4th. To learn more about the auction and to bid on some of the most desirable sports memorabilia click here.
By request of Commissioner Bud Selig, as Major League Baseball celebrates the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking its color barrier on Wednesday, all big league players and uniformed personnel have been asked to wear the late Hall of Famer's famous No. 42 on the field when the 30 teams celebrate the occasion.
The past two years, as the momentum to wear Robinson's number steamrolled through Major League clubhouses, Selig asked, but the act of wearing it was voluntary. Not so this year.
"April 15, 1947, is a day that resonates with history throughout Major League Baseball," Selig said. "With all Major League players, coaches and umpires wearing Jackie's No. 42, we hope to demonstrate the magnitude of his impact on the game of baseball. Major League Baseball will never forget the contributions that Jackie made both on and off the field."
This year's main celebration of Robinson putting on a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in a regular-season game for the first time, thus integrating MLB forever, is being hosted at Citi Field, the new home of the Mets.
But there will be ceremonies in all the other 14 ballparks across the nation, with 62 Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars being honored.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation, founded by his widow, Rachel, offers a $10,000 scholarship toward college tuition for highly motivated minority students. And this year, for the first time, a scholar will represent each of the 30 clubs.
Last year, MLB made a $1.2 million commitment to the Jackie Robinson Foundation over a four-year period to fund scholarships in the name of each of the 30 clubs. The initial investment was $300,000, representing 30 of the $10,000 scholarships. And this year, each club will have its scholar at the ballpark on Wednesday.
"That's a real feather in MLB's cap," said Della Britton, the president of the foundation. "That's just exciting."
Last year, 330 uniformed baseball personnel took the field wearing No. 42. Nine full squads agreed to wear Robinson's number: the Mets, Nationals, Dodgers, Cardinals, Athletics, Angels, Pirates, Rangers and Rays all wore the number Selig retired in perpetuity in 1997 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut.
Shea Stadium, in its final season, hosted the main event last year as the Mets shut out the Nationals, 6-0.
This year, the festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with the official dedication of Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda, which replicates the famous entry to Ebbets Field. That's the tiny, long-gone ballpark one borough over from Queens where Robinson went out to play first base that day in 1947. The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, and the grand old game was never the same.
Robinson retired in 1956, the Dodgers left for Los Angeles at the end of the 1957 season and the wrecking ball took Ebbets Field not long after. But the memories endure, and Robinson's contributions now are celebrated on an annual basis.
"Because of it, every kid who's in every ballpark [Wednesday] will ask about Jackie Robinson," said Bob DuPuy, MLB's president and chief operating officer. "And so, those memories and stories will carry on from generation to generation."
DuPuy will represent Selig at the rotunda dedication and the evening ceremony at Citi Field before the Mets play the Padres. He'll be joined by Rachel Robinson; New York Gov. David Patterson; U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York; and Fred Wilpon, the owner of the Mets, who grew up in Brooklyn as a devoted Dodgers fan and has long admired Robinson.
Yankees closer extraordinaire Mariano Rivera is the last of the players who don the No. 42 on a day-to-day basis. Rivera and others who wore that number were grandfathered in upon Selig retiring it 12 years ago. When Rivera retires, there will be no more.
"It's hard to imagine what he went through," Rivera said about Robinson. "He couldn't fight back, but he would take it back on the field and play hard. The field was his territory. He played his game and fought his battles so people like me could have a job in the big leagues."
Robinson was simply issued No. 42 as a matter of course by equipment manager John Griffin upon his arrival in Brooklyn a day before the 1947 season. Robinson wasn't the first or the last player to wear the famous jersey for the Dodgers. In 1939, George Jeffcoat did so when he pitched in only one game. And long after Robinson retired, it was issued again to Ray Lamb, a pitcher from the University of Southern California. But Lamb was so uncomfortable wearing the number in 1969 that he gave it up when the season ended.
After that, it was never worn again by a Dodgers player, and it was retired by the club in 1972, a decade after Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame.
The idea of "un-retiring" Robinson's number for a day belongs to Ken Griffey Jr., who is back with the Mariners this season. Two years ago, Griffey personally petitioned the Commissioner for the opportunity to wear it. He didn't know what he was starting.
"It's just my way of giving that man his due respect," Griffey said at the time. "I just called Bud and asked him if I could do it. He made a couple of phone calls and said, 'Yeah.' We had a good conversation. It was about me wearing it on that day, and only that day."
Selig enjoyed the feel of it so much he now wants to blanket big league fields with all those No. 42s dancing across America.
"I think it's great," the Commissioner said. "Just their understanding of history and what that man did for so many people is so important. Believe me, it makes me very happy."
Barry M. Bloom - MLB.com
A decade before Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, two decades before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed "I Have a Dream," a signature event in the struggle for racial equality unfolded far from Dixie.
On the afternoon of April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson emerged as an inspiring figure in the civil rights movement when he became the first black man to play major league baseball in the 20th century, making his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.
Robinson's triumphs in the face of bigotry evoked a sense of pride among black people and forced the rest of America to consider anew the doctrine of white supremacy.
Robinson was 28 when he arrived in the majors. Surmounting hostility from opponents and even some Dodger teammates, he weathered the immense pressure with dignity and restraint, and he proved to be a superb ballplayer. He was a premier line-drive hitter and a daring baserunner. Playing second base for much of his career, he teamed with shortstop Pee Wee Reese in an outstanding double-play combination. And he burned with intensity.
Robinson starred on Brooklyn Dodger teams that won six pennants and a World Series championship. He was named the National League's most valuable player in 1949, when he batted a league-leading .342.
After retiring from baseball following the 1956 season, he enlisted in the civil rights struggle, working on behalf of the N.A.A.C.P. and with Dr. King. Robinson remained devoted to integration during the 1960s, when "black power" and black nationalist figures sounded rallying cries. He worked for black enterprise projects, serving as a founder of the Freedom National Bank in Harlem and developing housing construction. His voice was heard through his columns in The New York Post and The Amsterdam News.
Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. He died of a heart attack at his home in Stamford, Conn., in October 1972 at age 53.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan presented Robinson with a posthumous Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. In 1996, Congress authorized the minting of gold and silver coins for the next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut. On that anniversary, Major League Baseball retired his No. 42. On Sunday, the 60th anniversary of his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, scores of players will pay tribute by wearing his number once more.
Robinson's widow, Rachel, has remained a revered presence at ceremonial events and has carried forth her husband's legacy in the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which awards college scholarships to minority-group students.
Long after that epic springtime afternoon when Jackie Robinson changed the face of baseball, he remains an unforgettable figure in the story of American democracy.
Richard Goldstein - NYTimes.com