Jackie Robinson and what he means to us

JackieDid you know that Jackie Robinson was the subject of the first-ever MLB.com Blogs post in 2005? That only seems appropriate right now.

I’m looking for MLB.com Blog reviews of the following two Jackie productions:

– The movie “42” once it hits box offices this weekend. If you review it, please leave a comment here with the Permalink, so we can promote a collection of reviews here.

– The same goes for anyone reviewing our amazing new Jackie e-book “Fortitude” in our MLB.com PLAYBALL BOOKS series. My MLB.com story has more details on “Fortitude,” which has a special Foreword from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was literally born into a new world, the day after Jackie’s debut in Brooklyn.

Jackie Robinson Day is Monday, the 66th anniversary of him breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier. You are invited to use #Jackie42 on your Instagram pics to be part of the story in the coming days.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, we are honored that our friends at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City have chosen MLB.com Blogs as its official blogging community. Be sure to follow Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords and look for Dave Barr’s posts there, including an outstanding interview with Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims. They’ll have ongoing live content through Jackie Robinson Day, and best of all is knowing they will be blogging here after April 15, to keep the conversation going.

Why is this so important?

It was obvious to those of us who attended the Jackie Robinson Foundation Dinner last month in New York. Thomas Tull, head of the Legendary Entertainment film company that is bringing his legacy back to life in a movie now, told the story of how he had spoken recently to Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey told him that he had done a baseball clinic with inner-city kids, and he asked the youths if they knew who Jackie Robinson was. When few kids spoke up, Griffey was alarmed. It became the mission of the “42” creators that they reach everyone with the story of Jackie. “That can’t happen,” Tull said. Your reviews only can help.

In case you missed the rankings of the most popular blogs here, see the MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders for March. Hope you make the April list! Leaving comments here with your full URL is a great way to get there…


Just posted my review of 42 as well as some other Jackie Robinson ” themed ” activities I did over the weekend on my blog, BLOGGIN’ IN L.A. .


Enjoyed the movie, my son is 1 1/2 and I’ve already put it on his must list for when he gets older. Its Raw, Emotional, and it left me wanting to watch the next three years of his life.

Enjoyed the movie, my son is 1 1/2 and I’ve already put it on his must list for when he gets older. Its Raw, Emotional, and it left me wanting to watch the next three years of his life.

I had a chance to go to a dedication of a mural for Jackie Robinson. I shall have more for you later this week. In the meantime I do have some pics posted from the mural dedication at Jackie Robinson Stadium in West L.A. on my blog, BLOGGIN’ IN L.A. so please do check it out.



I can’t wait to go see this movie! As a British Dodger fan, Robinson is always an inspiration in how to deal with prejudice. The greatest.

Be sure to swing by my weekly Dodger blog, which will likely have a lot of Jackie Robinson content over the forthcoming week – http://britishdodger.mlblogs.com/

Mark, How can I communicate with you via e-mail?

I am so excited to go see this movie. My wife even gave me permission to go see it on my own this weekend. It will definitely be a focus of discussion on my blog next week and the entire next episode of 9 Inning Baseball Talk is going to be me and my two co hosts discussing Jackie Robinson and his impact on baseball.

Thanks. Don’t forget the e-book “Fortitude” — it is amazing and will highlight reviews of it.

Lucky guy that got to see it “42” already. I plan on seeing it this weekend. Back in March I blogged about all the statues of Jackie based on another link I included in my post. I also urged the Dodgers to be the first MLB team in the U.S. to have a statue of Jackie.

Three Up, Three Down’s resident Dodger fan Jeremy Dorn got to see an advanced screening (lucky guy) his review of “42” is here


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