Jackie Robinson Day & “42”
In the last week, both the movie “42” debuted and Jackie Robinson day was celebrated. So needless to say, Jackie Robinson has been a popular topic in both the entertainment and Baseball worlds. I’ve been a fanatic of anything related to Jackie and the Brooklyn Dodgers since I was a kid, so I have really enjoyed all the recent attention on on him and this is why I decided to do this post.
I initially planned on doing an in depth review of the film, but I decided against it due to the fact that I figure that anyone reading 90 Feet of Perfection has already seen the film or will see it. So really, my opinion of the film is irrelevant. I will say this though: The film was amazing and I can not wait to see it again. The Baseball played has to be some of the most realistic I have ever seen in a movie, the uniforms were on point, and the players and background characters all seemed to be historically correct. Also, there were some awesome Easter eggs thrown in here and there for all the fans of baseball history like myself.
Without a doubt, my favorite part of the film has to be the fact that both Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds were featured in amazing detail. I honestly watched in awe during these scenes as it made me feel as if I were there in 2013 looking at these legendary Baseball parks. I can’t wait for the DVD comes out to see all the bonus footage that wasn’t used in the theatrical version of the film, there is bound to be a ton of it. That’s really all I will say about the film, just watch it. I promise you won’t regret it whatsoever.
In typical 90 Feet of Perfection fashion, to celebrate the release of “42” and (late) Jackie Robinson Day, I’m going to share some photos which I enjoy and that think you will as well.
1946. Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson pose for a photo during Jackie’s time with the Montreal Royals. The Montreal club was the AAA affiliate for the Brooklyn Dodgers and is where Jackie initially broke the color barrier. His time in Montreal is documented quite well in “42” and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the film.
April 15th, 1947. Jackie Robinson leaves Ebbets Field after his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. This may be one of the coolest photos I have ever come across.
(Thanks to It’s A Long Season for sharing this gem)
Jackie takes a swing against the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1951 Hall Of Fame Game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The Dodgers beat the A’s that day, 9 to 4.
In my opinion, it’s a damn shame that the Hall Of Fame Game was eliminated after the 2008 season, I always thought it was a very cool game. While the Hall of Fame Classic, an exhibition game between Hall of Famers and other retired ball players is neat, it’s just not the same.
1946. Another great photo of Jackie during his time with the Montreal Royals. I will never get sick of photos of his time in Montreal.
A great photo of Jackie during his time at Pasadena Junior College. He graduated from PJC in spring of 1939 and then transferred to UCLA where he played Baseball, basketball, football, and track. By his own admission, Baseball was always Jackie’s worst sport and actually not even the first sport he played professionally as he played football for a short period of time after leaving college.