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KCK RBIKCK RBI members attended a recent celebrity screening of the movie, "42." (Photo from KCK RBI)
On Thursday April 11, about 25 KCK RBI players attended a special advance screening of “42," a new film about major-leaguer Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in major league baseball in 1947.
In attendance were some of the film's major stars, Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, and Andre Holland, as well as former and current Major League Baseball players including Lou Brock, Bobby Bonilla, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Jarrod Dyson, Lorenzo, Cain, Eric Hosmer, George Brett, Frank White, and Newton, Kan., native Tony Clark. Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, played in 1945 for the KC Monarchs of the Negro Leagues before being recruited to the Dodgers.
Not only did the KCK RBI kids get an opportunity to watch the "42" preview screening and the chance to receive autographs from several of the celebrities, but they also watched the movie in the same theater as the KC Royals players who all took photos with the kids after the movie.
Chris Hunter, a 12-year-old KCK middle schooler who was introduced to the game of baseball through the KCK RBI program three years ago, stated that "attending the '42' preview screening was one of the best days of my life, it was a dream come true to be able to learn about Jackie Robinson's legacy while meeting former and current major league baseball players. I am proud to be a African American baseball player and I plan to continue to work hard enough to play in college one day."
The KCK RBI kids and staff members who attended said they were very thankful to Major League Baseball and MLB Reviving Baseball in the inner cities for providing each child with a free ticket and memories that will last a lifetime.
The film screening event was presented in Kansas City by Waddell & Reed — through its relationship with production company Legendary Pictures — at AMC Theatres, with support from the Kansas City Royals, to benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Kansas City Sports Commission.
- Story from Cle Ross, KCK RBI