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Race to Home Plate: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

A new biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball, opens Friday. The movie stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll take a look at Branch Rickey’s legacy, and how he broke baseball’s color barrier.