Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Harrison Ford goes extra innings for Branch Rickey role

Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing The Devil’s Own.

Growing up in Chicago, Harrison Ford was always more of a Cubs fan than a Brooklyn Dodgers guy.

But after preparing for his role as baseball pioneer Branch Rickey, Ford found himself in a New York state of mind.

“The more research I did, the more impressed I was,” says Ford, who stars in 42, the story of Dodgers general manager Rickey and Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 (and wore the title number on his uniform).

The film, out April 12, stars Chadwick Boseman (The Express) as Robinson, who became close friends with Rickey after the general manager signed him to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, Robinson made his debut with the Dodgers, breaking an unwritten no-blacks rule followed by every major league team since the 1880s.

...Ford combed through press clippings and news footage of Rickey to prepare for the role, one of his few non-fiction characters.

“Anything I could find, I used,” Ford says. “I discovered he did things too numerous to count.”

His achievements included creating the framework for baseball’s modern-day farm system and drafting one of the sport’s first Hispanic superstars in Roberto Clemente.

“It’s hard to remember the difficulty between the races” in baseball in the 1940s, Ford says. Robinson and Rickey shared “an ethical conviction. Their story demonstrates the best of American character.”

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dodgers, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. All Sleepy knows is what's on the internet Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM (#4240736)
“It’s hard to remember the difficulty between the races” in baseball in the 1940s, Ford says.


Wow, Ford was actually alive in the 40's (born in '42). I didn't realize he was that old.
   2. McCoy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM (#4240785)
My great great Aunt went to high school with Harrison Ford. That is all.
   3. SteveM. Posted: September 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM (#4240816)
I went and saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater tonight. Took me back to when my dad took me to see it when it came out. Still damn good movie.
   4. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 20, 2012 at 07:06 AM (#4240836)
...Ford combed through press clippings and news footage of Rickey to prepare for the role, one of his few non-fiction characters.

“Anything I could find, I used,” Ford says. “I discovered he did things too numerous to count.”


Was SABR involved in this at all? There is no reason for a baseball bio-pic to get made that doesn't have "and special thanks to the Society for American Baseball Research" in the end credits. I'm sure a call to someone at SABR by the studio could have put Ford in touch with an expert on Rickey. While Ford would still need to work there would be this great resource for him to use to really nail the role and make the picture the best it could be.
   5. Arch Stanton Posted: September 20, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4240849)
Director: Mr. Ford, you need to work more on your character. You could work around the clock-

Ford: I ALREADY WORK AROUND THE CLOCK!
   6. SOLockwood Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4240891)
one of the sport’s first Hispanic superstars in Roberto Clemente.


Dolf Luque
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/luquedo01.shtml

says, "Hey, over here pendejo!"
   7. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4240897)
SOLockwood,

What do the words "one of the first" mean to you?
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4240948)
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
   9. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4241088)
Harrison Ford was always more of a Cubs fan than a Brooklyn Dodgers guy.

Two days after Harrison Ford was born, the Cubs hosted the Dodgers.

They lost.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
TedBerg
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(2338 - 11:23pm, May 24)
Last: 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people

NewsblogOTP 2016 May 23: Baseball owners hear from Democratic, Republican strategists
(371 - 11:12pm, May 24)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogSan Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Humiliated in Homophobic ‘Nightmare’ at Padres Game
(223 - 11:05pm, May 24)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogMarlins Sue Season Ticketholders, Vendors Bankrupted by Small Crowds
(49 - 10:48pm, May 24)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 5-24-16
(131 - 10:35pm, May 24)
Last: BDC

NewsblogNear the bottom in MLB attendance, the Marlins are now suing ticket holders
(1 - 10:25pm, May 24)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogThornography » Bill Lee is reportedly running for governor of Vermont
(4 - 10:05pm, May 24)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogMission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics
(44 - 9:15pm, May 24)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Sox TherapyTalkin' Baseball
(10 - 8:29pm, May 24)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogTony Gwynn’s Family’s Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco
(21 - 8:03pm, May 24)
Last: bigglou115

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(1577 - 7:47pm, May 24)
Last: vagab0nd is still a champion

NewsblogNYP: Bartolo Colon told Nationals: ‘Throw it down the middle, [I’m] not swinging’
(8 - 7:42pm, May 24)
Last: Poster Nutbag

NewsblogBraves trade minor leaguers for draft pick (and Matusz)
(17 - 7:25pm, May 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-24-2016
(23 - 7:13pm, May 24)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogRangers put Choo, Stubbs on DL; Gallo recalled | MLB.com
(4 - 6:48pm, May 24)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

Page rendered in 0.3178 seconds
47 querie(s) executed