The film tells the story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and, under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), Robinson's signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to break the baseball color line. The story focuses mostly on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season and somewhat on the 1946 season with the Montreal Royals.
Jackie Robinson and his team stop by a gas station. Robinson is refused entry to the washroom but the team says they'll find another gas station so the attendant allows Robinson to use it. As Robinson comes out, a scout for the Dodgers approaches him and sends him to Brooklyn. He is offered a $600 contract and $3,500 signing bonus which Robinson accepts but he is told to control his temper if he wants to play. Robinson proposes to his girlfriend by phone. She accepts.
At the Spring training for the Dodgers, Robinson successfully makes it to the Dodgers farm team, Montreal. After a great season with Montreal, he makes it to the team after a Spring Training in Panama.
Most of the team decides to sign a petition to say that they're not playing with Robinson but the manager, Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni) insists Robinson will play for the Dodgers. Durocher is then suspended over an affair with a celebrity leaving the Dodgers without a manager.
In a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, manager Ben Chapman taunts Robinson, causing Robinson to go back to the dugout and smash his bat. He then returns to the field and hits a home run. Chapman is then asked to show the world that he "changed" so he asks to take a picture with Robinson for the newspapers and magazine covers.
42 is a 2013 biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, John C. McGinley as Red Barber, T. R. Knight as Harold Parrott, Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese and Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum. 42 was just released in North America on April 12, 2013