42: The Jackie Robinson Story: The Official Movie Novel by Aaron Rosenberg, Brian Helgeland

By Aaron Rosenberg, Brian Helgeland


A motion picture tie-in novel approximately Jackie Robinson's lifestyles tale. This booklet is a novelization of Brian Helgeland's screenplay.

A novel in response to the motion picture 42—a biopic approximately Jackie Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers because the first African American significant League Baseball player.

Includes a full-color insert of images from the motion picture.

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Crime was low. The schools were good. Not a lot happened. Prior to its appearance at the Little League World Series, Toms River had made the national news twice that anyone could remember. The first time came in the 1980s, when a local businessman named Robert Marshall was charged with putting out a contract killing on his wife, a case that eventually formed the basis of writer Joe McGinniss’s book Blind Faith. The second came in the ’90s, when health officials drew a connection between advanced rates of childhood cancers in the area and a contaminated groundwater leakage around a chemical plant, a story that reverberated and roiled for years and through several lawsuits.

The ’98 team was the one they all still talked about, because it was that team that had won it all. Here in 2007, that squad was less than a year from celebrating its tenth anniversary, with reunions and newspaper articles, updates on the players, and a full rehashing of the magical summer that had changed everything in Toms River. John Puleo, and the parents and coaches and players around him, were looking to add a postscript to that tale, and they had their reasons for believing it might just happen.

When Anthony Schifilliti, Pauly’s father, traveled to Williamsport on business not long after the 2006 summer was over, he spotted the poster-size overhead shot in a store and bought 28 / S I X G O O D I N N IN G S it on an impulse, thinking that it would be the perfect yearending present for John from his family. “It was just a way of saying thank-you for everything he was doing,” Anthony said. “The coaches, they do so much. They put in the time. ” Anthony, a dark, handsome, middle-aged man who was in the process of getting his young family moved across town into a new place, was one of the legion of Little League parents who didn’t have that kind of time.

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