With all due respect to Moneyball, I’m not sure there’s been a baseball movie that has created the anticipation that 42 has. I know Moneyball received 6 Oscar nominations. I know the book sold a bazillion copies. Something different this time. Might be because we’re talking about Jackie Robinson, the man, the legend.
While 42 goes into national release today, you can catch more regarding the film and Robinson. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET, MLB Network will air a special Studio 42 with Bob Costas. On the show, Costas is joined by actors Chadwick Boseman (who played the role of Jackie Robinson), Harrison Ford (who portrays Brooklyn Dodgers President and GM Branch Rickey), and Dodger great Don Newcombe.
During the one-hour show, Boseman and Ford talk about what drew them to the movie and Newcombe reflects on his good friend as both a baseball player and a person.
Here’s a small sample from the show. In this, Newcombe tells of a couple of events which involve Robinson’s talent.
Nine? Not surprising…
If you miss the show on Saturday, MLB Network will re-air it on Sunday evening at 10:00 PM ET.
Also, we’d like to hear from you if you have a chance to see 42 this coming weekend. Let’s us know what you thought about the movie. Provide your own review. To read some reviews, you can head to Rotten Tomatoes and/or IMDb and see what the critics and moviegoers are saying about the film.
Monday is Jackie Robinson Day around all of the MLB. The Reds will be home hosting the Phillies.
Here’s a trailer for the movie. Enjoy.
(H/T to MLB Network)