42 (2013) quotes

Brian Helgeland.

Chadwick Boseman.
T.R. Knight.
Harrison Ford.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Maybe tomorrow, we’ll all wear 42, so nobody could tell us apart.
– Pee Wee Reese

Hey, Stanky, what’s it like bein’ a nigger’s nigger?
– Ben Chapman
I dunno, Chapman, what’s it like bein’ a redneck piece of shit?
– Eddie Stanky

I don’t think it matters what I believe, only what I do.
– Jackie Robinson

If Robinson can help us win, then he is gonna play on this ball club!
– Leo Durocher

I don’t care if they like me. I didn’t come here to make friends. I don’t even care if they respect me. I know who I am. I’ve got enough respect for myself. I do not want them to beat me.
– Jackie Robinson
They’re never going to beat you.
– Rachel Robinson
They… came close today.
– Jackie Robinson

We had a victory of fascism in Germany. It’s time, time we had a victory over racism at home.
– Branch Rickey

You think God likes baseball, Herb?
– Branch Rickey
What – ? What the hell is that supposed to mean?
– Herb Pennock
It means someday you’re gonna meet God, and when he inquires as to why you didn’t take the field against Robinson in Philadelphia, and you answer that it’s because he was a Negro, it may not be a sufficient reply!
– Branch Rickey

When I took the Cleveland uniform off two years ago I promised the missus I’d never put on another uniform again. So the roses are beautiful and, uh, I sleep better too.
– Burt Shotton
Roses and sleep are two wonderful things, Burt. But sleep you can get when you’re in your casket, and flowers look great on top of it. But, uh, you don’t look like a dead man to me, Burt.
– Branch Rickey

Robinson rounds third, headed for home sweet home.
– Wendell Smith

You want a player who doesn’t have the guts to fight back?
– Jackie Robinson
No. No. I want a player who’s got the guts not to fight back. People aren’t gonna like this. They’re gonna do anything to get you to react. Echo a curse with a curse and, uh, they’ll hear only yours. Follow a blow with a blow and they’ll say, “The Negro lost his temper.” That “The Negro does not belong.” Your enemy will be out in force… and you cannot meet him on his own low ground. We win with hitting, running, fielding. Only that. We win if the world is convinced of two things: That you are a fine gentleman and a great baseball player. Like our Savior… you gotta have the guts… to turn the other cheek. Can you do it?
– Branch Rickey
You give me a uniform… you give me a, heh, number on my back… and I’ll give you the guts.
– Jackie Robinson

It’s another opening day, Harold. All future, no past.
– Branch Rickey
It’s a blank page, sir.
– Harold Parrott

He’s a Methodist, I’m a Methodist… And God’s a Methodist; We can’t go wrong.
– Branch Rickey

I got traded… to Pittsburgh!
– Kirby Higbe