42 (2013 PG-13)
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2h 8min
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In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking MLB's infamous color line and forever changing history.
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Teaching Idea #1

What sport was Jackie Robinson on track to have a career in prior to WWII? What other sports did he play in college besides baseball? What years were each of those sports integrated at the professional level in the U.S.?

Teaching Idea #2

What happened to Jackie Robinson during his 2-year stint in the Army during WWII? What impact did it have on his baseball career? Using a map, diagram where the 761st Tank Battalion trained and fought during its activation. Pick one of their medal recipients to learn more about.

Teaching Idea #3

In 1971 the Baseball Hall of Fame began to admit black players who had played in the Negro Leagues prior to the integration of Major League Baseball. Pick one of these players to learn more about. Visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum website to learn why MLB is considering recognizing these league this year.

Teaching Idea #4

What is inaccurate in the movie about Jackie Robinson’s proposal to Rachel Isum? What role did she have in the making of this film? What were her own professional accomplishments? How did she contribute to Jackie Robinson’s legacy after his death?