ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Hundreds of teenagers in St. Louis and O’Fallon, Ill. will get the chance to see the movie “42”, courtesy of Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The first screening will be this Wednesday, April 24th at 11:30 a.m. at the Moolah Theater for more than 250 students of Metro High School. The second screening will be in O’Fallon, Illinois some time the second week of May for teenagers involved in the Mathews Dickey Boys & Girls Club RBI program, as well as teens involved with the O’Fallon Parks & Recreation department’s programs. The students have access to the movie free of charge and can share their experience online via Iam42.com.
“We appreciate this opportunity to educate some of your young people about the courageous role Jackie Robinson played in breaking the color barrier in baseball,” said Michael Hall, V.P. Community Relations & Executive Director of Cardinals Care.
“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 Commissioner 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.