Best season: Branca was the Dodgers’ best pitcher in 1947, going 21-12 with a 2.67 ERA over 280 innings and earning his first All-Star nod. Or write about sports? So it's 1947, the pennant-winning and revolutionary season depicted in the movie. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, New York Giants, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1943 and 1953. Your Account; Logout; Login; Create Account; Eddie Stanky. September 3, 1915 555 N. Central Ave. #416 It is a movie that only has room for the good Eddie Stanky (or the bad Dixie Walker). Robinson, a natural second baseman, was shifted to first base in his rookie season as Stanky was already the Dodgers' second baseman and leadoff hitter. Awards and accolades: Robinson won the first-ever national Rookie of the Year award in 1947, and the prize has since been named in his honor. Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson in 1949. Though raised Catholic, in 2011 Branca learned from a New York Times reporter that his mother was Jewish, a fact she kept secret while raising him and his 16 siblings to be tolerant of all races and religions.

Join our linker program. You come away knowing just a little bit more about the power of small gestures and the difficulty of those fights that are most worth fighting. Much of the play-by-play, game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. Following the 1951 World Series, in which he played in all six games for the Giants but hit an anemic .136, he was traded to the Cardinals as player-manager. … Don’t you get it? The themes of the new movie 42, a biopic about Robinson that dominated the weekend box office, extend beyond the baseball field upon which they largely take place.

To Jackie Robinson back in the spring of 1947, Philadelphia was far what it purports to be: ``The City of Brotherly Love. Edward Raymond Stanky (September 3, 1915 – June 6, 1999) was an American professional baseball second baseman, shortstop and manager. The movie isn’t true in the sense that I suspect none of the conversations happened this way, the timeline was pretty far off, numerous events were condensed into single moments, and complicated people were flattened into two dimensions. Awards and accolades: Stanky made All-Star teams in 1947, 1948 and 1950. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Though Robinson and Reese became lifelong friends, the veracity of the specific gesture depicted in Cincinnati in 1947 has been questioned. (PHOTO: Dan Gunther/Getty Images Archive). Awards and accolades: Reese made the All-Star team in 1942 then, after returning from service, every season from 1946-1954. In terms of on-field ability, Reese is the only player in 42 whose resume can match Robinson's. The 1947 Dodgers, with patient hitters like Robinson, Reese and Stanky, led the Majors in on-base percentage by a wide margin. The 42 movie trailer is also memorable for featuring the Jay-Z song "Brooklyn Go Hard".

I thought Harrison Ford got that right. We present them here for purely educational purposes. “42” is not an intellectual movie. ''Before the Dodgers came to town for the first time, Herb Pennock, the Phils' general manager, telephoned his Brooklyn counterpart, Branch … Just 5-feet-8 and 170 pounds, Stanky seemed so much more imposing as he flew into second base with a feet-first, spikes-raised slide to break up a double play. The Cards advanced from fourth to third place in the National League standings, although finishing 15​1⁄2 games behind the pennant-winning Dodgers. And then Manfred added fuel to that fire when he opted to forego punishing the individual players involved in the cheating. Eddie Stanky: The blond-haired, blue-eyed movie version of Stanky steals a scene in 42 when he confronts opposing Philadelphia's explicit, racist manager, Ben Chapman – his former teammate. Luckily for all involved, he could: Though Robinson's role as a civil-rights pioneer obviously transcends his abilities on the field, he was an excellent ballplayer by any measure, a great contact hitter with some power and consistently great on-base percentages and by all accounts a good defender everywhere he played. Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Branch Rickey has been dissected in many places -- and he does ham it up enough that I’ve found myself doing Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey impressions ever since leaving the theater -- but I thought it worked. Most people don’t know the Jackie Robinson story. In singing Stanky's praises, Durocher said, "nice guys finish last" -- a quote used both in the film and as the title of Durocher's autobiography. Best season: Branca was the Dodgers' best pitcher in 1947, going 21-12 with a 2.67 ERA over 280 innings and earning his first All-Star nod. “Listen you yellow-bellied cowards,” Stanky reportedly yelled at the Phillies from the dugout. In 1946, he hit just .273 but his 137 walks allowed him to lead the league in OBP with .436, edging out Stan Musial—who led in more than ten hitting categories. In 1954, Robinson’s Dodgers played the Cardinals, and the Cardinals players were particularly cruel in their racist jeering -- so much so that Robinson told Roger Kahn about it in the expectation and hope that he would write something about it. Well, the movie “42” is not built for that sort of subtlety and nuance. So, with the help ofbaseball-reference.com, here’s a look at the playing careers of the film’s most notable good guys (or improved guys). He might not have been called to the major leagues at all if there wasn’t a war going on -- in 1943, the Cubs finally gave him a chance to play. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

There was also an exchange of gratitude between Robinson and Stanky. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42. But I thought the best by far -- one of my favorite ever sports portrayals in any movie -- was John C. McGinley’s Red Barber. I thought it worked because even 75 years later there are many different theories about Branch Rickey’s motives -- Rickey was a principled, religious, pompous, tough and, in many ways, inscrutable man. Stanky stayed silent at first, but finally yelled back at Ben Chapman's racist insults during a game. Best season: Reese was a steady performer throughout his career peak, but his 1947 stands out for his league-leading 104 walks and his career-high .414 on-base percentage. Kahn had been played, and he knew it. BLACK and blue?” Stanky then conceded that the Cardinals HAD racially attacked Robinson. In 1945, at the age of 29, he played second base every day for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and he walked 148 times and scored 128 runs, both league-leading totals. He went on to a long career as a minor league manager and executive. The point is that Eddie Stanky was a complicated man. Eddie Stanky: The blond-haired, blue-eyed movie version of Stanky steals a scene in 42 when he confronts opposing Philadelphia's explicit, racist manager, Ben Chapman – … Luckily for all involved, he could: Though Robinson’s role as a civil-rights pioneer obviously transcends his abilities on the field, he was an excellent ballplayer by any measure, a great contact hitter with some power and consistently great on-base percentages and by all accounts a good defender everywhere he played. Stanky was the very essence of scrap and grit and pluck and whatever other term for “unbelievably annoying” you can come up with. There isn’t one of you has the guts of a louse.”. 7,415th in MLB history)

Leo Durocher, who managed him with the Dodgers and Giants, once summed up Stanky's talents: he said the second baseman "can't hit, can't run, can't field [but] he just knows how to win. He used to try and distract hitters by jumping up and down behind the pitcher. I put “Hall of Fame” in quotes when I should not; Shamefully, Yawkey really is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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