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How the number 42 made history

42 takes you out to the ball game telling the life story of Jackie Robinson. See how history was made in theaters April 12.

Photo: WB

The number 42 made baseball history when Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942. In the trailer for 42, we get a glimpse back at the American legend of baseball during a time where the world was not so simple, with the confrontation between segregation and sports. With baseball season getting into full swing soon, baseball fans will definitely want to check this out to see if this flick makes a homerun at the box office.

Harrison Ford plays team executive Branch Rickey who goes in to bat for Jackie, putting him on the map as baseball’s newest hero and hall of famer. Meanwhile music hall of famer Jay Z‘s song “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” plays in the background, amplifiying the difficulties Jackie Robinson faced in Brooklyn as the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Jay Z and Jackie Robinson would have a lot to talk about between both of their careers. They even kind of look alike.

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Fellas — anything Harrison Ford says is true. He is the man. An American icon to men and women, however, there’s something about that hat and whip that will always remind us of when he fought back in his role as Indiana Jones, or the seatbelt gun leg strap in his role in Star Wars as Han Solo. He looks too cool to not fight back. Meanwhile, rising star and hero Chadwick Boseman, who plays Jackie Robinson, has been featured in many TV episodes, but this will no doubt be his breakout role. After this movie, I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of him.

Will 42 be able to deliver a homerun or will it strike out in this depiction of Jackie Robinson? Let us know what you think!

42 slides into theaters April 12.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers

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