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Jackie Robinson’s story “42” at Murphy Library this Thursday at 6 pm

Posted on: May 26, 2014

When Nat King Cole wrote “Straighten Up and Fly Right” in 1943, he probably had no idea that it could become Jackie Robinson’s theme song, especially the line “Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top.” Cool down was exactly what Robinson had to do 3 years later when he became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. Branch Rickey signed him with the Brooklyn Dodgers and they both knew there would be lots of pushback, even if he let the baseballs fly right.

The Murphy Library is showing the film about Robinson’s move to the Dodgers this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 128 minutes. Previews may be seen at the web site http://www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com.

Two ball fields may look familiar: Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, and Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. were used for the games. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

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