Robinson and Rickey Are Stars of 42, but MLB Needs to Honor Era’s Forgotten Heroes
After much anticipation, tomorrow marks the broad release of 42, Warner Brothers’ biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson. However, based on the trailers, it seems as if the movie pays equal tribute to Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ GM who selected Robinson to break the sport’s color barrier.
In advance of opening night, there has been debate about the extent to which Rickey should be cast as a hero. Was Rickey a courageous pioneer whose quest for social justice was the driving force behind the integration of baseball?