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. Sleepy's not going to blame himself 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 is an Absurd Doubles Machine 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 Unenviable Situation 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

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Martin Hemner
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 19 February 2018: Does Buster Posey Have a Post-playing Career in Politics?
(1776 - 2:36am, Feb 24)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-23-2018
(23 - 2:04am, Feb 24)
Last: Batman

NewsblogOT - 2017-18 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to End of Time edition)
(201 - 1:12am, Feb 24)
Last: smileyy

NewsblogInside Baseball MLB Notes | Hanley Ramirez Ready For Comeback
(40 - 12:11am, Feb 24)
Last: Mudpout

NewsblogInside Mickey Callaway’s steps toward modernizing the Mets | New York Post
(15 - 10:45pm, Feb 23)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogMLB Should Embrace Rule That Lets Teams Bat Anyone They Want In 9th Inning
(137 - 8:34pm, Feb 23)
Last: RMc's Unenviable Situation

NewsblogWhat if the Rays actually have a good plan?
(44 - 6:55pm, Feb 23)
Last: Itsdrainageeli

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(779 - 5:33pm, Feb 23)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogRays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson
(70 - 4:52pm, Feb 23)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogInside Baseball | Picking Jake Arrieta's New Team
(8 - 4:20pm, Feb 23)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Gonfalon CubsFinally
(68 - 2:55pm, Feb 23)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogDanny Farquhar’s data-centric approach paying dividends for Lucas Giolito – The Athletic
(20 - 2:21pm, Feb 23)
Last: This is going to be state of the art wall

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1940 Ballot
(7 - 1:24pm, Feb 23)
Last: DL from MN

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1940 Discussion
(29 - 1:05pm, Feb 23)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Angels voting thread
(30 - 11:33am, Feb 23)
Last: Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB)

Page rendered in 0.2916 seconds
47 querie(s) executed