Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 1, 2013

‘42’ is more about fairness than baseball

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Enduring racist taunts, threats and even physical pain is portrayed very realistically by Chadwick Boseman, a promising new actor.

 “42” takes us up to and through his rookie season with the Dodgers as they captured the National League pennant and Robinson was named Rookie of the Year.

 I was pleased to learn the details of how Pee Wee Reese, the Dodgers’ great shortstop and a native of Louisville, befriended Robinson in the face of racist fans from his own state.

 Jackie Robinson died too young at 53 but his courage and athleticism should be remembered forever by persons of all races.

Now I understand why the number 42 was retired by every team in big league baseball.

Thanks, Jackie.

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Keith Kappes is a columnist for the Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at kkappes@cnhi.com.

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