Movie Props from ‘42’ Arrive in Cooperstown

Exhibit to Open for Special Recognition of Film Over Hall of Fame Weekend 2013

April 15, 2013
Artifacts from Legendary Pictures movie "42" will open in the Museum’s “Baseball at the Movies” exhibit in July. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Several artifacts featured in the new motion picture release ‘42’ have arrived in Cooperstown and will be featured in a new exhibit to open in July  to pay tribute to the film’s portrayal of Jackie Robinson in breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947. 

The film ‘42’ opened nationwide on Friday and follows the story of Robinson and Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, both members of the Hall of Fame, as Robinson is signed from the Kansas City Monarchs, through the end of the 1947 regular season, his first in the major leagues. 

Artifacts now in Cooperstown from the film include: Brooklyn Dodgers jersey, pants, stirrups and cap worn by Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson; the jersey 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 adjacent to the Museum’s “Pride and Passion” exhibit in July, in time for Hall of Fame Weekend 2013, July 26-29, when the Hall of Fame will hold a special recognition for ‘42’ and the film’s producer Thomas Tull, the Chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment, 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,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “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.” 

Last week in Los Angeles, seven Hall of Famers attended the Hollywood premiere of ‘42’ in support of the film, which featured the appearance of Jackie 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.