Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Legacy in Cooperstown as Legendary Pictures’ 42 Hits the Big Screen

Museum to Offer Buy-One, Get-One Admission for April Visitors Presenting Ticket Stub from Acclaimed Robinson Film

April 10, 2013
Greg Kenney performing his one-man show "Jackie: Cross the Line!" (NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – After celebrating Jackie Robinson’s singular legacy at the movies with the new Legendary Pictures release 42, go behind the scenes to learn about Robinson’s lasting impact on American culture at his spiritual home in Cooperstown – and bring along a friend for free. 

In celebration of the theatrical release of 42, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes ticket-holders from the movie for a special Museum admission offer of buy one, get one free for the entire month of April. 42 opens nationally on Friday, April 12 and documents the story of Jackie Robinson's major league debut on April 15, 1947. To redeem this special offer, visitors must present a 42 ticket stub at the time of admission purchase at the Museum Main Ticket Booth. Please limit one offer per ticket stub. 

As part of the celebration of Robinson’s legacy, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the great Dodgers infielder with special Museum events April 13, 14 and 15 as the world pauses to remember Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15). Each day the Museum will offer guided tours of the Pride and Passion exhibit and special Artifact Spotlight programs related to Robinson. The Museum’s signature program each day will be performances of Jackie: Cross the Line! at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Bullpen Theater. This one-man show presented by Greg Kenney, actor and founder of Educate-Us Productions, tells the story of how Robinson broke the modern Major League Baseball color barrier. Admission is free with a Museum ticket and seating is available on a first-come basis. 

Robinson burst onto the scene in 1947, breaking baseball's color barrier and bringing the Negro Leagues’ electrifying style of play to the majors. He quickly became baseball’s top drawing card and a symbol of hope to millions of Americans. With Robinson as the catalyst, the Brooklyn Dodgers won six pennants in his 10 seasons, along with the 1955 World Series title. He dominated games on the base paths, stealing home 19 times while riling opposing pitchers with his daring base running style. Robinson was named National League MVP in 1949, leading the loop in hitting (.342) and steals (37), while driving in 124 runs. 

Robinson earned his spot in Cooperstown in 1962, as part of an Induction class featuring Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush. Robinson earned election on his first ballot, joining Feller from that year as the first two first-ballot electees by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America since the inaugural 1936 Hall of Fame vote. Robinson earned votes on 77.5 percent (124 of 160) of all ballots cast. 

Additional information on Jackie Robinson’s career, including his Hall of Fame plaque, a streamed video bio and much more on the Hall of Famer can be viewed at the Museum’s website at www.baseballhall.org. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.