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1. In the opening of the film, in very large letters, it says "This movie is based on a true story". Based on, not word-for-word. We can't know enough about any event to be able to make a 100% accuate movie; if we did, no one would go see it because there would be nothing new to see. This isn't "lying", it's filling in the blanks. (The tunnel incident probably didn't happen, but do you refuse to believe a conversation like that did happen between Rickey and Robinson?)
2. The movie was about '46-47; whether the people depicted changed later doesn't matter to the story, this is the way they acted then. Further, I doubt Robinson was thinking "That's OK; Chapman's going to laugh with a black man in 40 years" during the racist diatribe.
he did not end up as an Electrical Engineer. He became a lawyer
[In the interview] Robinson gives fielding tips — keep the glove low, brushing against the dirt — and, in a group interview after his groundbreaking rookie season, offers a rather benign comparison when asked about the abuse he took from Southern players.
“I went to U.C.L.A.,” Robinson says. “U.S.C. is our archrival across town. Suppose I suddenly had to go over and root for U.S.C. during a crucial game between U.S.C. and U.C.L.A. I mean, I think that’s the same way that these fellows felt when they came up out of the South. They have certain things instilled with them in the South, and they had to come up, all of a sudden, and were pushed in with me. At first they didn’t know just how to take it, but as the season progressed, there was certainly no feeling at all between us and we got along swell.”
I would have enjoyed it more if Jackie never got married were gay.
I just checked Perry Wallace in Wikipedia, just to make sure I was telling truths. There's an oddity there; Wiki says that Perry enrolled at Vandy in 1966, but was the first black player in the SEC starting in 1967. That's not exactly correct. At the time, the NCAA did not allow freshman to play with the varsity. Perry was the starting center on the Vandy freshman team in 1966/67, and the starting center on the varsity in 1967 and onwards. - Brock
I was way way too young to evaluate the claims, but the 66 Pearl team with Wallace that went undefeated and was the first all-black team to be allowed to play for (and win) the state championship
Saw it last night. I would have enjoyed it more if Jackie never got married. Too much love story.
But there are different stories in different states and towns. In Kentucky my family remembers integrated schools by late 50s--so perhaps right after Brown?--and played on integrated high school teams by the mid-1960s without it seeming remarkable, even though Kentucky had been segregated. But I suspect the story went differently in Louisville and Lexington and perhaps Bowling Green.
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