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April 24, 2013

Movie props from '42' arrive in Cooperstown

Items to go on display in July

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Artifacts from the movie “42” will be on display in an exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame beginning in late July.

The film, which follows the story of Jackie Robinson and Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, opened nationwide on April 12. “42” tells the story of how Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Artifacts now in Cooperstown from the film include: the Brooklyn Dodgers jersey, pants, stirrups and cap worn by Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson; the fedora hat worn by Harrison Ford, who portrayed Branch Rickey, the jersey and cap worn by Toby Huss, who played scout and coach Clyde Sukeforth; and a faux “Sporting Life” magazine featuring Robinson and Phillies manager Ben Chapman.

The exhibit will open in the museum’s “Baseball at the Movies” exhibit in July, in time for Hall of Fame Weekend, July 26 to 29. At that time, the Hall of Fame will hold a special recognition for ‘42’ and the film’s producer Thomas Tull as part of the Saturday awards presentation.

“Thomas Tull’s donation of these artifacts to Cooperstown continues the rich history of Hollywood’s love affair with baseball, and will preserve the legacy of this spectacular picture documenting the courageous integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey,” Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a media release. “The movie furthers the appreciation of present and future generations of a story that can never be forgotten. Through the cinematic excellence of ‘42,’ the film honors baseball’s history while paying tribute to two of the most influential figures in our game’s history.”

According to the release, seven Hall of Famers attended the Hollywood premiere of ‘42’ in support of the film, which featured the appearance of Robinson’s Hall of Fame plaque on the Red Carpet prior to the premiere at TCL Chinese Theater. Hall of Famers in attendance included Henry Aaron, Orlando Cepeda, Pat Gillick, Goose Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield.

The artifacts will be featured in a year-long exhibit at the museum and will remain a permanent addition to the museum’s collections.