A new generation of Americans is about to discover the man who broke major league baseball’s color barrier: Before Rosa Parks, Freedom Riders, and Martin Luther King Jr., there was Jackie Robinson.
The new Warner Bros. film 42 stars Chadwick Boseman (The Express) as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the iconic Los Angeles Dodgers general manager who selected Robinson from among the many talented Negro League players in 1946. “He’s a Methodist, I’m a Methodist, God’s a Methodist. We can’t go wrong,” Rickey says in one of the opening scenes.
Rickey’s early proclamation sets up a key theme throughout: the role of faith for both men.
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