42!

There is something about baseball. And when you throw in a great human story behind baseball, then it feels transcendent. Such is the case with the new movie about Jackie Robinson. It chronicles how the owner, Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, decides to bring the first black baseball player into the major leagues. Jackie had to squelch his angry reactions to the prejudice that was constantly thrown in his face or thrown at his head. That wasn’t easy for him to do, but he showed dignity in the face of many harsh moments. 42 is the only number that is retired in all of major league baseball. In April, each of the teams has all the players wear 42 on a certain day to honor Jackie Robinson.

 

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