Second trailer released for Rickey Movie

January 12, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

On Saturday Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures released a second trailer in anticipation of the release of the movie “42,” The movie is scheduled to be released in April.

The first trailer for the movie was released in October of 2012. Both trailers show viewers a glimpse of what the movie will entail.

Both trailers can be found at trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/42.

Born in Scioto County in 1881, Wesley Branch Rickey was many things: a school teacher, a college and professional baseball and football player, coach, lawyer and a soldier. He received three college degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

In 1942, he moved to Brooklyn as president of the Dodgers and signed African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson to play for the Dodgers in 1947. That moment is the inspiration behind this movie by Legendary Pictures.

Robinson was the 1947 Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year, 1948 National League Most Valuable Player, six-time All-Star, and played for the Dodgers until 1956. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Rickey died in 1965 and is buried in Rushtown Cemetery in Scioto County.

The movies announced cast includes, Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Air Force One,”) as Branch Rickey, and Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Robinson. Also starring are Nicole Beharie (“Shame”) Christopher Meloni (upcoming “Man of Steel”) and T.R. Knight (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”).

The film is expected to open in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day celebrating his first Major League game. The film also opens in time for the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.

Because of Rickey’s connection to Scioto County, State Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, has made a section of U.S. 23 in Scioto County be named after Rickey.

“Southern Ohio and Scioto County in particular has a rich and amazing history. So many things have happened here; so many great people were born and raised here. Branch Rickey, a national baseball great, is one such person. We can all take pride in what he did for our national pastime. His actions advanced and improved the sport, and he was certainly an ambassador for baseball and for the merits of strong and fair competition through athletics, regardless of race. But more than that, through his character and convictions and through the example that he set on the national stage, he was ultimately an ambassador for southern Ohio. He came from here! He was one of us. We can take great pride in that, and we can take pride in his memory through his memorialization along this stretch of highway that is so central to our community,” Johnson said at the time.

For up to the date information about the movie visit the film’s Facebook page.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com.