A Movie Review
Some of you who know me, know I love to go to the movies. I was really excited when I heard the movie “42,” a story about the life of Jackie Robinson, was coming to the big screen.
I was 15 years old in April of 1947 when Robinson made history as the first African American to play Major League Baseball – starting at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The example of his character and obvious talent challenged segregation and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement. His bravery had a major impact on American society and so did his exceptional baseball career.You can see a clip of the movie below and my review after screening it outside the theater.
Robinson played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Championship. He was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 – the first African American player ever honored.
Fifty years after he broke the color barrier, Major League Baseball retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams – the first pro athlete in any sport to achieve this honor. And, on April 15, 2004, Major League Baseball adopted a new annual tradition, "Jackie Robinson Day," in which all players on all teams wear number 42.
The movie “42” gives us a new way to engage our guests and offer them a special experience. You can see the free trailer with exclusive content on many of our in-room televisions, and Marriott Rewards gave away movie tickets and sent one lucky person to the “42” world premiere in Los Angeles.
I am honored that Marriott is able to participate in the premiere and release of this movie that shares a message of equality, inclusion, opportunity and triumph. It also shares a wonderful message of a great marriage. Jackie and his wife seemed to really be in love with each other, and supported and sustained each other throughout the movie. I thought that was even better than some of the baseball shots.
Our company has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. And, much like the Brooklyn Dodgers believed in Jackie Robinson, we think everyone has something to contribute and gain when we embrace our differences.
Hope I’ll see you at the movies.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.