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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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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.