This sports-themed exhibit is timed to coincide with the release of the film “42″ at the Strand Theatre. The exhibit features vintage Branch Rickey memorabilia, including letters, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles, along with photography by David Levinthal and Jim Dow. Levinthal is known for his photographs of toy figurines in studio settings, including a realistic recreation of Jackie Robinson stealing home during his Brooklyn Dodger days. Dow has created breathtaking panoramic images of baseball stadiums around the country.
The exhibit runs from April 5 through April 27 at City Art Center in downtown Delaware, Ohio. Admission is free.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2013
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Location: City Art Center — 22 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware, Ohio
Throughout the month, City Art Center is teaming up with our neighbors at the historic Strand Theatre and Ohio Wesleyan University to celebrate the Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson legacy — a historic collaboration that ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball and helped set the stage for the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
Other community events currently scheduled for the Rickey-Robinson celebration include:
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. April 12 – Baseball Roundtable featuring Branch B. Rickey and Bob DiBiasio, in Phillips Auditorium inside Phillips Hall, 50 S. Henry St., Delaware. The conversation also will be streamed live online at StreamOWU. OWU Director of Athletics Roger Ingles will serve as moderator. Admission is free.
Noon April 13 and noon April 14 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops baseball team takes on Denison’s Big Red in noon doubleheaders. All four games will be played at OWU’s Littick Field, 199 S. Henry St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more about Battling Bishop baseball here.
2 p.m. April 13 – 42, a new feature film starring Harrison Ford as 1904 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robison, premieres at the Strand Theatre. The Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film was written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland, who also wrote “L.A. Confidential.” The film tells the heroic story of two men “whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.” The Strand is located at 28 E. Winter St., Delaware. Visit the Strand Theatre’s website for complete show times and ticket prices. Click here to see the movie trailer.