Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates “42″

Branch Rickey, played in the movie '42' by Harrison Ford, had a long, successful career, but became best known for signing Jackie Robinson in 1945.(Photo: Legendary pictures)
Branch Rickey, played in the movie '42' by Harrison Ford, had a long, successful career, but became best known for signing Jackie Robinson in 1945.(Photo: Legendary pictures)

Today’s opening of the film “42” is hitting home in Delaware.

The film documents Jackie Robinson’s struggles and rise to fame as the first black player in Major League Baseball. He was signed to the Dodgers by Ohio native and Ohio Wesleyan University alum Branch Rickey. Rickey’s grandson Branch B. Rickey says the film takes some liberties with history.

“But they’ve kept the value, they’ve kept the spirit,” Rickey says. “There isn’t going to be anyone go to this movie and just watch it casually.”

Rickey made his comments on All Sides with Ann Fisher.

Ohio Wesleyan University is hosting a series of events in conjunction with the film’s opening.

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