Got some stick at work today from the girls for “not being very funny today”, telling “Dad” jokes and not mentioning on my Blog the other day that Emma, having never played Top Trumps before managed to beat me at a game on Monday lunchtime using a set of Pirates Of The Caribbean Top Trumps that Trevor had brought from home…so here I am setting the record straight! Haha.
Tonight, we watched the movie “42” which is a biopic on Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in the Major Leagues at Baseball. It is also the 1,225th film watched as at http://www.icheckmovies.com
He was signed for the Dodgers (then the Brooklyn Dodgers well before they moved to LA) at a time when racial prejudice was still strong in America and across the world. The film follows his career and life, right through to his first season in Major League Baseball.
It’s a cracking story, and although I only know snippets of the real-life story from listening to Dodgers commentator Vin Scully, I really enjoyed the film and the story it was portraying. It’s quite hard to imagine that kind of world, having not ever been witness to it. A world in which opposing team managers were openly standing in the dugout shouting “Nigger” at Robinson as he attempted to bat. We’ve come a long way people…a very long way!
Harrison Ford is the big name in the film, taking part of Branch Rickey, the General Manager of the Dodgers who gave Robinson his big chance and ultimately changed the game completely.
Having recently taken up support of the LA Dodgers, it was a story I was interested in, allowing me a little bit of an insight into their history. When you look at the game today and see all the different cultures, it’s hard to imagine the game this way just 60 years ago.
Great film, great telling of an inspirational story and a film I would definitely recommend to Baseball fans and non-fans alike.