Jackie Robinson Movie
Atlanta Braves hosting private screenings of '42'
by Staff Reports
The Atlanta Braves along with Major League Baseball will host private screenings of the movie “42” for teenagers from metro Atlanta on April 29 at 6:40 p.m. and May 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Station Regal Theatre 16.
In addition to the local connection with vintage baseball gloves for ‘42’ being refurbished by Cowetan Deland Cochran, Newnan’s Luke Large plays the first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies in the film.
The metro youth have access to the movie free of charge and can share their experience online via Iam42.com. Attending the screenings will be youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, RBI, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA, L.E.A.D., Friendship Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church Drum Line, Carver High School and Old National Athletic Association Red Knights.
“We have the unique opportunity to impact the next generation of ball players by introducing them to the man that changed the course of baseball history,” said Atlanta Braves Community Affairs Director Ericka Newsome.
“‘42’ brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the Civil Rights Movement,” said Commissioner Selig. “This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson’s vital impact on our nation. I thank Thomas Tull and his colleagues for working with the Robinson family and allowing this enduring American story to be told to a worldwide audience.”
The film is currently in theaters and stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Jackie to the team.