Jackie Robinson, "The Jackie Robinson Story"
Sometimes there’s just no improving upon the Real McCoy. Baseball hero Robinson played himself in the 1950 biopic “The Jackie Robinson Story,” reenacting the various struggles against racism and bigotry he faced as the first African American in Major League Baseball. Jumping between Robinson’s childhood days, college career, rise through the Negro Leagues and eventual triumph over the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the movie forced segregation-era audiences to confront the injustices and inequalities that weighed this slugger down. If ever a big-screen baseball star exuded courage, Robinson is the one.