Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners will host private screenings of the movie "42" for teenagers from the Seattle area this month. The students include members of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which makes it possible for kids of color to play baseball at no cost to themselves. Others invited to the screenings are high school aged baseball and softball players. The students will be able to see the movie free of charge and can share their experience online via Iam42.com.
"While many of us are familiar with the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, this movie brings his struggle to life and makes it graphically clear just how strong and courageous a man he was. There are lessons for all of us to learn from his remarkable story," said Chuck Armstrong, Seattle Mariners president and COO.
"42 brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the Civil Rights Movement," said MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson's vital impact on our nation. I thank Thomas Tull and his colleagues for working with the Robinson family and allowing this enduring American story to be told to a worldwide audience. With our annual April 15th celebration, the wide-ranging efforts of all 30 Clubs and now this inspirational film, it is an honor for our industry to continue to shine a light on the vibrant legacy of Jackie Robinson."
The film is currently in theaters and stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Jackie to the team. Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, "42" is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland and is a Legendary Pictures Production. In its opening weekend, "42," which is available in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide, took in $27.5 million, marking the best opening weekend ever for a baseball movie according to multiple industry references.
Major League Baseball, in cooperation with all 30 MLB Clubs, is hosting private screenings of the film "42" for thousands of teenagers across the country and in Canada. All Clubs will select students in grades 8-12 from their respective communities to fill local theaters for the screenings.