Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan there’s still plenty of reasons that you’ll love about Jackie Robinson’s biopic 42!
1. It’s not all about Jackie
A lot more was at stake than just Jackie breaking the colorline when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. The reporter assigned to follow Jackie (and kind of be his personal assistant) had to remind him that the ball player that he wasn’t the only one with a stake in this particular battle for equality.
While there were members of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization that didn’t accept Jackie, but it was interesting to see how his other teammates and even the team’s owner made an effort to get Jackie to feel like part of the team. That included standing up for him when they knew he didn’t have the option of fighting back.
Not everyone in the 1940s was racist. Go figure!
2. Jackie proposes
As soon as Jackie signed on to work with the Montreal Royals (the Brooklyn Dodgers Minor League team), he immediately called his sweetheart Rachel and asked her to marry him.
It might not be the proposal that every woman dreams of, but we love that Rachel was the first person Jackie called–and that he didn’t waste any time putting a ring on it!
3. Jackie gets married
Jackie went right from his wedding to training camp, but some time between the nuptials and warmup, Jackie and Rachel got a little time alone. Before they started enjoying their wedding night, Rachel had a flirty-yet-real conversation with Jackie and asked if he’s happy.
Even though they were in a hallway, it was still an intimate conversation and the onscreen chemistry was palpable! And did we mention that fabulous, simple, vintage wedding attire? Loved it!
4. Jackie loses it
Many people today might assume that Jackie took all the hate being thrown his way in stride and that was not the case. In a time where people will snap on each other for no reason, many people can’t possibly fathom the concept of exercising self control. But in the 1940s when Jackie joined the MLB, it was a requirement for surviving his experience.
But even the most stoic person will have a moment when they are constantly subject to hate, negativity and death threats. After enduring so much, Jackie finally lost his cool at a game with the Brooklyn Dodgers after particularly hateful team manager kept harassing him, implying that he may not be completely faithful to his wife.
For sure, the other manager had crossed a line, but Jackie didn’t strike back. Instead, he walked off the field–out of the sight of everyone in the stadium–and utterly snapped! Jacki got so mad that he broke a baseball bat.
While his teammates came to his defense, Jackie went back to breeze to unleash some anger. Although Jackie lost it, it was a very real moment that viewers can identify with.
5. Brooklyn Dodgers lean on faith
Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey was convinced that he was on a mission from God when he recruited Jackie for his organization. He was a great man of faith that leaned on the Lord throughout the campaign to permanently integrate baseball.
He was also pretty liberal with using his faith to push for equal and fair treatment in the MLB. When one Pennsylvania team refused to play the Dodgers because of Jackie, Branch questioned that team’s owner whether he thinks God would find race an acceptable reason not to treat someone decently and fairly.