The Jackie Robinson movie “42” is my kind of movie. It’s about baseball and history, which I love. And it’s a real story with real people and real drama that crappy reality TV will never in a million years give its audience.
Jackie Robinson, of course, was the first African-American to play major league baseball. On April 15, 1946, he put on a jersey with the number 42 and became not just a Brooklyn Dodger, but a major player in the steps toward racial equality in the United States.
However, before Jackie Robinson wore #42, he wore #5 and played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues. Jackie’s story is prominent, but certainly not the only one of significance told at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
Here you learn more about great athletes like Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, and of course, the revered Buck O’Neil, without whom the Negro Leagues Museum would not exist and so many great stories would not have been preserved.
More Than Black Baseball
The museum is so much more than the story of baseball and a few black guys who played the game. It digs deep into the period of segregation and the evolution of American society that began the day that Jackie Robinson put on the jersey with #42 on the back.
The movie should be on your list of movies to watch, over and over again. And the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City should be on your list of destinations to visit that will change the way you enjoy sports and cause you to appreciate the richness of diversity that make our lives so interesting today.