Harrison Ford was in Kansas City yesterday to help take part in a benefit and special viewing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” which opens in theaters today. The benefit sold out shortly after tickets went on sale in late March and it raised approximately $10,000 for the Negro Baseball Museum and Kansas City Sports Commission.
Also attending the benefit was Robinson’s son, David–Brian Helgeland, who wrote and directed “42” and Andre Holland, who plays sportswriter Wendell Smith. The 70 year old Ford plays legendary Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who recruited Robinson, breaking MLB’s color barrier in 1947. Before joining the majors as No. 42 with the Dodgers, Robinson played for and wore No. 5 for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues in 1945.
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