Jackie Robinsons team executive from the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickety, put himself and Jackie Robinson to the forefront of history. When Rickety signed Robinson he made a major decision, and broke the Major Baseball League’s “color barrier”. Not only did Branch Rickety put himself and Jackie Robinson in danger, but also other baseball players. Everyone was facing bashing racism from all sides. The film 42 shows how Jackie Robinson had to demonstrate tremendous amounts of courage and restraint. If Robinson would have reacted in any.
Ay towards all of the racism he could of destroyed Rickets and his own dreams.The story presented in 42 mostly focuses on Robinsons season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1 947 and somewhat on his season with the Montreal Royals in 1946. His first season in 1 946 with the Montreal Royals is where he battled a lot of racism from his audience. One scene from 42 stood out the most and was actually a hard scene to watch. Ben Chapmen, the manager for the Philadelphia Phillips at the time, repeatedly called Jackie Robinson a “Niger loudly while he was up to bat. Of course Robinson had to remain calm, but it was so difficult.He then went back into the dugout and ended up smashing his bat into the walls and ground venting his anger.
After Branch Rickety came to calm him down and explain that no one said what Jackie was doing was going to be easy, Jackie Robinson got up to bat once again. Robinson then proves Chapmen wrong and he ends up hitting a single, then stealing second base and continuing to third base on an error, and then finally scoring the winning run. Ben Chapmen was left speechless. Later on, Ben Chapmen came to realize that what he did was very unacceptable, even under the circumstances.Although all the insiders knew Chapmen still believes what he did is okay, Chapmen decided to get a picture taken with Jackie Robinson shaking his hand to show the public and press that he was “sorry” and that everything between him and Robinson was “okay”. The press believed it and so did the public, so it actually worked. Besides the incident with Ben Chapmen, Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickety were still facing major racism comments and letters from the public.
The public was not happy with the thought of an African American playing America’s favorite sport.The letters and comments were mostly horrible threats that Rickety and Robinson had to ignore because even the police would not do anything about it. Most of the policemen even agreed to what was being said! The beginning of Jackie Robinsons career was tough, but Rickety believed in him, and his family. Not only was Jackie Robinson making baseball history, he was also starting to win over fans and teammates with his astounding skill and calm nature. Robinsons wife, Rachel, was always on the did lines cheering him on from day one, even before the ML was even brought up to him!She was his number one fan throughout his whole life and career. They were inseparable, and eventually went on to have a baby boy and named him Jackie Robinson Jar. , who then became Robinsons second biggest fan.
Number 42 let his talent silence his critics as the seasons went on. People began to cheer for him instead of “booing’ him and calling him mean names. Of course there were still many people who opposed the idea of having a black man in America’s favorite sport, but eventually those people ad to get over themselves because time was changing, and it was not going back to the way it was before.