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News: "42" Showing Reminder of PCC Alumnus Jackie Robinson's Legacy

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Pasadena City College hosted a private screening of the film "42," depicting the historic 1947 Major League Baseball rookie season of alumnus Jackie Robinson (1937-39), before a packed house of PCC officials, members of the Robinson family, current student-athletes, coaches, and alumni at the ArcLight Pasadena Theater on Friday.   

The college celebrated the feature release day of the movie with baseball music played by the Lancer Marching Band just outside the theater entrance along with greetings from members of the Lancers' 2013 baseball team. PCC also welcomed Delano Robinson, wearing an authentic 1947 Brooklyn  Dodgers' jacket once worn by her brother-in-law Jackie, who spoke to the gathering in a reception prior to the morning screening. 

Jackie Robinson played baseball at Pasadena Junior College in 1937-38 before embarking on his famous major league career that started with his breaking of the modern color barrier in pro sports on April 15, 1947. 

Robinson, who passed away in 1972, is a member of the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame, the California Community College CCCAA Hall of Fame, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, and was an inaugural member of the Pasadena City College Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

In his sophomore season at PJC in 1938, Robinson displayed the talent that would make him one of the 20th Century's greatest athletes. For the then Bulldogs, he batted .417, scored 43 runs and stole 25 bases in just 24 games. He was chosen All-Southern California. Robinson was a four-sport star at both PJC and then at UCLA.

In football, Robinson was PJC's first 1,000-plus yard rusher and he still holds the school record for longest run from scrimmage, 99 yards against Caltech in 1938. Robinson broke his brother Mack's national record in the broad jump (long jump) as a member of the track and field team. In basketball, he led the Bulldogs to a conference title and was the team's leading rebounder. 

PCC's current baseball team plays on a diamond that bears Robinson's name--Jackie Robinson Memorial Field at Brookside Park. Last year, the college honored the memory of Robinson by having the Lancers players wear replica Pasadena Junior College gray flannel jerseys of the '38 team. His pro number of 42 was retired by MLB and every April 15 the players all wear his famous "42" in games on that day, marking the anniversary of his pro debut. 

On campus, the team's football field is Robinson Stadium, named after Jackie and his Olympic medal-winning older brother Mack Robinson (Delano's late husband). A bronze bust of Robinson is located just outside the stadium as part of PCC's Dick Ratliff Court of Champions. Robinson's name is also named in his honor for the off-campus Robinson Park, the current home of the PCC women's softball team, located on Fair Oaks Avenue.

Story on the event from Pasadena Star-News at this link:

  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23016094/robinson-family-thrilled-release-jackie-robinson-movie-42

Story on the event from Pasadena Sun at this link:

http://www.pasadenasun.com/sports/pasadenasu-jackie-robinson-commemoration-brings-pasadena-community-together-20130412,0,1196263.story

Photos of event, located at Glendale News Press at this link:

http://www.glendalenewspress.com/photos/tn-pas-sp-0414-jackierobinson-pg,0,6765476.photogallery?index=tn-pas-sp-0414-jackierobinson-pg-001

KABC Channel 7 story on event at link below:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9063801

[Photo--Delano Robinson, the sister-in-law of Jackie Robinson, sits at PCC private screening of the movie "42" Friday, image by Raul Roa, courtesy of Los Angeles Times Community News Group.]

Release Date: 04/12/2013
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu