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This Ohio Wesleyan video shares the Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson legacy.

Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Legacy
Immortalized in New Feature Film Starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman

Ohio Wesleyan University celebrated the release of the national feature film “42” with a series of campus and community events commemorating the Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson legacy – an historic collaboration that ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball and helped set the stage for the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

The film stars Harrison Ford as 1904 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robison. It opened April 12.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Rickey-Robinson “42” celebration included a panel discussion featuring Rickey’s grandson, Branch B. Rickey, OWU Class of 1967 and president of Minor League Baseball’s Pacific Coast League, and Bob DiBiasio, OWU Class of 1977 and senior vice president of public affairs for the Cleveland Indians. OWU Director of Athletics Roger Ingles served as moderator. Watch the discussion on StreamOWU or view the photo gallery.

In conjunction with the film’s debut, Rickey and Ingles participated in a live radio interview on WOSU 89.7 FM. Listen to the “All Sides with Ann Fisher” interview. Rickey also greeted participants in a meeting of the NCAC Branch Rickey Mentorship Program, which included remarks from OWU men’s soccer coach Jay Martin. See photos from the NCAC event.

The Delaware celebration also featured an art exhibit: “Play Ball: Branch Rickey & Jackie Robinson,” which included photographs from David Levinthal and Jim Dow. Levinthal is known for photographing toy figurines in studio settings, including a realistic recreation of Jackie Robinson stealing home during his Brooklyn Dodger days. Dow has created breathtaking panoramic images of baseball stadiums around the country. “Play Ball” also included vintage Branch Rickey memorabilia including letters, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles.