Jackie Robinson did more with his courage than change the National League race.
The Brooklyn Dodgers infielder broke down barriers in the world we live in, made baseball a better game and inspired generations of youngsters.
One such player was Ed Charles, the former New York Mets third baseman, portrayed as a 13-year-old in the recently released movie 42.
Charles had been interviewed for the movie, but had no idea what would unfold as he sat in the theatre for the premier last week in Los Angeles, with Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Dave Winfield and the cast.
There was a youngster, portraying himself, walking in to see Robinson play, praying for him to do well, catching a ball by Robinson, and chasing the Dodgers train down the tracks.
“You couldn’t help get emotional watching the movie,” said Charles on Monday — Jackie Robinson Day — from Brooklyn, N.Y., where every major leaguer wore the No. 42.