Reporting Mike Krauser
CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s all about Jackie Robinson today at the Chatham 14 Theaters on Chicago’s South Side where the Cubs provided hundreds of kids with passes to the new film “42″ about Robinson’s life, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
When asked if the film is not just for baseball fans, the film’s co-producer Darryl Pryor said, “We have found that not only is it very entertaining for people who aren’t sports fans, but has been really, really entertaining for women who may not be interested in sports. They are very drawn to the emotional story.”
The Cubs partnered with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to give 500 kids an opportunity to see the film.
“The Jackie Robinson story is so integrated into the Chicago story and the Chicago Cubs story. First, to this day, Jackie Robinson playing at Wrigley Field is still the largest, highest attended game in Cubs history,” said Cubs Spokesman Julian Green.
That was May 18, 1947 when 46,572 were in attendance.
“Mr. Cub” himself Ernie Banks who broke the Cubs color barrier said in a Youtube video he got some advice from Jackie Robinson.
“I just want you to do one thing, and that is listen and you’ll learn. And that is what I did, I didn’t talk at all,” said Banks.