CHARLES CITY, IA – Charles City residents remember legends like Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey in a special viewing of “42″.
It’s an in-depth look into the struggles Robinson faced as the first African-American athlete to break the color barrier in major sports.
Today, in Charles City, a special viewing of the film was held, featuring a guest speaker whose father played a major role in bringing Robinson into the big leagues.
A legacy he says he’s proud to carry on.
“Dad was in the middle of it and just before he died, I recorded him and he said to me, “how lucky I’ve been to be in the middle of these things with these great people”. I said that’s true Dad, but they were lucky you were there too,” said Brian Parrott, son of Harold Parrott.
Brian’s father, Harold Parrott, worked as the Brooklyn Dodgers’ traveling secretary and is portrayed in the movie.
His book, “The Lords of Baseball”, was used by producers to help reference real events from that historic season.
“It’s a great story and you know, I’m so thrilled that 42 is out there for people to understand who Ricky was and again remember how great Jackie was and how they used Dad’s ‘Lords of Baseball’, makes us feel good,” said Brian.