The number 42 in sports has been very significant since the year 1947. On April 15th of every year, every player in Major League Baseball wears the number 42. NBA player Jerry Stackhouse of the Brooklyn Nets even wears that number. All of this is because and in honor of one man: Jackie Robinson.
For those who don’t know Jackie Robinson was the first African-American baseball player to ever play in Major League Baseball. Robinson came into the spotlight in 1947, when the Brooklyn Dodgers (now the Los Angeles Dodgers) signed him. During his time in the league, he had to endure constant abuse and racism from opponents, fans and even teammates. Other than his racial status, Robinson was also an extremely talented and skilled baseball player; his main position was second basemen. His accolades are stacked up with his 1947 MLB Rookie of the Year, 1949 National League Most Valuable Player Award, 1949 National League Batting title, two Stolen Bases title, six All-Star selections and a 1955 World Series title.
This film captures Jackie’s (portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his first season in the league. Along to help Jackie was Dodgers team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), who felt that the Major League needed to have its color barrier broken. The film was absolutely legendary. Some may say that it is even Oscar material. However, there are moments in the film that lift you up with joy, inspiration and sometimes even laughter as you witness the making of a true American legend. This film is worth every cent of your money. I give this film a rating of 42 out of 42 (see what I did there?), and it has become one of my all-time favorite films.