Touch 'Em All: Jackie Robinson film screening to help Negro Leagues Museum

Chadwick Boseman portrays Jackie Robinson in the upcoming release of "42," which chronicles Robinson's and the Brooklyn Dodgers' breaking of MLB's color barrier. AP
Chadwick Boseman portrays Jackie Robinson in the upcoming release of "42," which chronicles Robinson's and the Brooklyn Dodgers' breaking of MLB's color barrier. AP (AP)
Posted: March 21, 2013

In a nod to the great Jackie Robinson's start with the Negro Leagues, Kansas City was announced Wednesday as the host site for the only advance public screenings of 42, which chronicles his epic story.

Harrison Ford, who stars as former Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, and fellow cast member Andre Holland planned to attend the April 11 event, which will benefit Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, museum president Bob Kendrick said.

Although the story of Robinson in Brooklyn is well known, Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945, batting .387 while hitting five home runs and stealing 13 bases in 47 games. After a year in the minor leagues, he joined the Dodgers in 1947, becoming the first player to break the major leagues' color barrier.

Robinson's story "signaled the beginning of what we know as the civil rights movement" and was a source of pride for Kansas City, Kendrick said. "This film gives us the opportunity to collectively stick out our chest."

Dominicans rule

On a cold and dreary San Francisco night, the Dominican Republic remained perfect, beating Puerto Rico, 3-0, to cap its perfect run in the World Baseball Classic.

When all was said and done, the favored Dominicans simply had too much against the Puerto Ricans in Tuesday's final at the Giants' AT&T Park.

Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays had a two-run double in the first inning, and Erick Aybar of the Angels had a run-scoring double in the fifth, more than enough for a stellar Dominican pitching staff, which held Puerto Rico to just three hits.

The Dominicans were a perfect 8-0 in the third edition of the international tournament. The Yankees' Robinson Cano was the tournament's MVP after hitting .469 for the Dominican Republic.

"Tonight we're going to celebrate, tomorrow we're going to celebrate, and Thursday we'll worry about spring training," Cano, 30, told reporters.

That's the spirit.

Jeter could be out

The Yankees might have to do without Derek Jeter on opening day April 1 at home against Boston. General manager Brian Cashman said there was a chance the star shortstop could begin the season on the disabled list.

"At this stage, I just don't know, so all I can do is acknowledge it's a possibility," Cashman said.

The 38-year-old Jeter, who broke his left ankle last year in the first game of the ALCS, missed his second straight exhibition game Wednesday.

- Wire reports

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