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African American news from Pasadena - Sports - Rachel Robinson on husband Jackie Robinson during Dodger Stadium events honoring Jackie RobinsonThe movie '42' inspired by the great Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball - raking in more than $27 million - it was the number one grossing movie in the country the first weekend it was released. The weekend was capped with all Major League teams wearing 42 for a special tribute.

"There were things that happen to the both of them (Rachel) I couldn't believe," said Doreen Arnold of Niantic Connecticut. Even though the focus was on Jackie breaking into the Big Leagues, it was partially a love story. You saw Rachel there from his time in the minors to the big day-April 15th 1947 when he first put on the Dodger uniform.

A huge reason for Robinson's success is his widow, Rachel.

"I helped him make it," she said in an interview with Fox Sports, at Dodger Stadium prior to the Dodgers hosting the Padres on Jackie Robinson Day, Monday night. "It's very authentic."

She continued, "It was important to me because I wanted it to be an authentic piece. I wanted to get it right. I didn't want them to make him an angry black man or some stereotype, so it was important for me to be in there . . . I love the movie. I'm pleased with it. It's authentic and it's also very powerful."

Jackie Robinson, also was UCLA's only four-sport athlete and the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier, was honored in 2005 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a plaque. Although she worked closely with Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Jackie in the film, Harrison Ford, who played the role of former Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, also found Robinson's widow to be extremely helpful.

"She was a wonderful source of inspiration to us as well as (giving us) intimate insight into her relationship to her husband," Ford said.


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