SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Major League Baseball and its 30 teams plan to take thousands of teenagers to see the Jackie Robinson film “42.”
The San Francisco Giants announced plans for their movie outing Thursday.
The Giants organization said it would be taking students from the Ida B. Wells Continuation School on Friday to a private screening at the Vogue Theater. The team said the students would also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda.
The teams are choosing students from the eighth grade to the 12th grade in the United States and Canada for the screenings in their cities. Commissioner Bud Selig hosted the first showing earlier this week in Milwaukee along with Sharon Robinson, daughter of the player who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.
Selig said the movie depicts the proudest moment in baseball history. He said the film can help “educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson’s vital impact on our nation.”
The movie “42” led the domestic box office earlier this month after its opening weekend, 66 years after Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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