On This Day in Baseball History October 24, 1972: Jackie Robinson (January 31, 1919 - October 24, 1972) passes away due to a heart attack in conjunction with complications of heart disease and diabetes at his home in North Stamford, Connecticut.
“Our marriage and our love for each other were so important to us that we were not going to let it get destroyed by the tensions of the world. When we entered the house, we didn’t have to act out that anger and we wanted our home to be a haven, a place where we could recover, where we could enjoy each other.” - Rachel Robinson
After Rachel saw the movie for the first time I said, ‘What did you think?,’” recalled “42” writer-director Helgeland. “And she said, ‘I loved how much we kissed.’ And then she got emotional. It was the only thing she ever said to me about the finished film.
And it hit me: Her take-away from the whole thing was that she got to see her husband one more time.
“(The filmmakers) explained to me why they wanted two young actors to play Rachel and Jack, because they wanted them to be Rachel and Jack. It’s different than when you have a well-known actor playing that part – it’s still about that actor and not about the person he’s playing necessarily. …One of the things I liked about them is that they came to see me well-prepared. They had read a lot and could even refer to what they read, and ask questions about what they read, so they would know what I thought about the notions they were gathering from reading, whether I thought they were correct or not, and if I could add to them. They were very interested in having me add interesting stories and material so that they could get a fuller understanding of our love, our relationship, our family, our partnership, and the experiences we had.”
– RACHEL ROBINSON, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson, on the casting of relative unknowns Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie to play the couple in the film 42.
“I believe that often young performers, lacking a continuity of experience, lacking a knowledge of the history of entertainment, of the tradition and great contributions that our people have made to theater, may tend to feel that a whole new world begins with each newcomer. Not so…. I maintain that we actresses must concern ourselves more with the fate of each other, and of the younger actresses coming along, by helping to find material and getting it produced and by promoting scholarships for intensive training.” ~ Ruby Dee, from an article she wrote for the April 1966 issue of Negro Digest entitled “Tattered Queens: Some Reflections on the Negro Actress.” In this photo, she is shown with baseball legend Jackie Robinson in a scene from the movie, “The Jackie Robinson Story,” where she played his wife, Rachel. Ms. Dee died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home in New Rochelle, New York. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library