Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James announces a special event at the March 20, press conference held to commemorate Kansas City’s rich history and relationship to Jackie Robinson and the upcoming Warner Brothers biopic, “42”.
Jackie Robinson was an American born to sharecroppers. He endured racial bigotry as a child along with his family, yet grew up to be a scholar at UCLA and become an American patriot, enlisting in the US Army where he became Second Lieutenant.
After his military career, Robinson became one of the most memorable Major League baseball players in global history because he was the man who broke the color coded glass ceiling in the all-American sport, while playing with pizzazz and style.
Before the legendary Jackie Robinson was Number 42 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the time on which the film is centered, he was Number 5 with the Kansas City Monarchs, touring the country in the Negro Leagues.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum joins with Mayor Sly James to announce this special event made possible by its affiliation with Waddel & Reed, Legendary Pictures, and AMC Theaters in preparation for the April 12, nationwide release of the movie “42”.
“42” stars Academy Award nominee, Harrison Ford as Dodger’s General Manager Branch Rickey and newcomer, Chadwick Boseman as the renowned baller himself. The movie is directed by Academy Award winner, Brian Helgeland.
Join Mayor Sly James along with Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; and Tom Butch, chairman of the board of the Kansas City Sports Commission and executive vice president of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., noon, March 20, at the Negro League Baseball Museum’s “Field of Legends,” 1616 East 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, to be a part of the live exciting announcement.