“42” Honors an American Hero – Jackie Robinson

April 16, 2013

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.

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As a little girl growing up with 2 brothers & a father who loves baseball, this all-American sport has been a big part of my life. Catch with my dad is one of my favorite childhood memories & I still feel that magic when I go to the games. The bright green of the field, the awfully delicious stadium food, the energy & buzz that seems to flow through the crowd, but the best was the respect & support that the teams had for themselves & each other that really made me love the game. There is something to be said for the level of teamwork it takes to play baseball & I feel that we could all learn a little something from their commitment. Jackie Robinson, along with MANY other Greats, inspired me to always look beyond the person to the courage & passion that drives us all. Whether its working hard to make our guests happy or giving it all for love of the game, we're all out here looking for a "home-run" in our lives!

I when to see the movie "42" because of your great review..it was everything you said and much more to me being someone of color, I hold fast to your thought of the movie “42” giving us a new way to engage our guests and offer them a special experience. I also agree that it shares a wonderful message of a love between Jackie and his wife

Thanks to Cynthia Goldsmith, with the LA Sales Office, Marriott hotels in both Macon and Atlanta were able to host film crews during the making of "42".

A truly American story. While he was alive, Jackie Robinson was ostracized, called names, and send to 'his corner' and now he is portrayed as a national hero in total contrast to how he was being treated during his career and life. How sad but how true! How many similar situations are we dealing with on a daily basis in our own lives? How many heroes get to be seen as heroes while they are before our very own eyes?

Thank you, Mr. Marriott for supporting a movie that makes us contemplate our own daily shortcomings.

Can't wait to see this movie! Chattanooga, TN and the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown, had the honor of being a part of the film. Engel Stadium was the field that was utilized in parts of the film and we were able to host the staff and film members at our hotel. It is exciting and rewarding to be a part of this!

thanks for the review. My family looks forward to seeing it.

Fablous American movie, Remember when you were young and you wanted to beleive in Heroes. Jackie Robinson was a true American hero.