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Baseball: Coaches, players and fans will love '42' movie

April 11, 2013 | 11:42 pm

I got to see a preview of "42," the new movie about Jackie Robinson, on Thursday night. Players from Dorsey and Crenshaw were in the audience. It was enthralling. The history lessons that unfolded were so profound and emotional.

Every high school baseball coach in Southern California should take his team as a group to watch "42." When they leave, their bond will be even stronger.

It's more than a sports movie, though it now ranks with "Hoosiers" as one of my favorites ever. The writing is magnificent, and Harrison Ford, who plays Branch Rickey, was stunning.

Ford knows something about baseball. His son, Ben, was a standout player at Northridge Highland Hall in the 1980s.

It's a movie that will remind everyone about the good and bad in people, but also how sports can teach so many proud and powerful lessons.

People associated with the city of Pasadena and UCLA, both with ties to Robinson, will feel very proud.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros. Pictures' "42," which hits theaters Friday. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures, D. Stevens / Associated Press.