"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice


In 1972, Ron Rapoport interviewed Jackie Robinson:

“I couldn’t care less if someone is out there wearing 42,” he said. “It is an honor, but I get more of a thrill knowing there are people in baseball who believe in advancement based on ability. I’m more concerned about what I think about myself than what other people think. I think if you look back at why people think of me the way they do it’s because white America doesn’t like a black guy who stands up for what he believes. I don’t feel baseball owes me a thing and I don’t owe baseball a thing. I am glad I haven’t had to go to baseball on my knees.”


1 The Mick536   ~  Apr 9, 2013 12:34 pm

Jackie Robinson. Just the sound of is name makes me want to stand and bow. Not many changed America more than he did. He cannot be given too much adoration. No writer has yet captured the story. And this film won't either.

2 Dimelo   ~  Apr 9, 2013 2:45 pm

[1] Agreed. A few weeks ago I listened to a old Jackie Robinson clip on Meet the Press, I absolutely loved listening to him.


3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2013 7:38 pm

I wonder if the film covers his HUAC testimony about Paul Robeson and his ultimate regret at that years later.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 9, 2013 7:48 pm

3) No, the movie is about a concentrated period of Robinson's life. It's not a documentary or a full scale bio.

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