Win Movie Passes to see the Jackie Robinson Story in ’42’

42, which hits theaters this Friday, April 12, tells the story of American hero Jackie Robinson who broke the MLB’s  color barrier in 1947. The first African-American to play in the major leagues, he endured an unbelievable level of racism with class and dignity.

Every April, players from all MLB teams don the number 42 jersey to commemorate and celebrate “Jackie Robinson Day.”

His number is the only one to be retired by all Major League Baseball teams.

We are giving our readers an opportunity to win FREE movie passes to 42.  Our prize package includes:

  • Two movie money certificates to screen 42 which is valid  at participating theaters for you and a guest.
  • Two 42 movie baseball caps
  • 42 T-Shirt
  • 42 baseball

Just tell us who is your favorite sports hero and why. Post in the comments section below. One entry per household. Valid in the United States. Contest closes Friday. We will announce on Monday, Jackie Robinson Day.

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  • Cool contest. If I were older I might go with Roberto Clemente since I’m a Pittsburgher and he’s awesome. But I gotta go with Mario Lemieux who’s the greatest athlete I ever saw and he saved hockey in my town twice. Of course, hockey ranks like 5th in favorite sports for a lot of people so what can ya do 😀

  • Kenton

    I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. When I was 5 Roger Staubach hung the freakin’ moon. He’s still tops in my book – 42 (yes, *42*) years later. When the game was down to the last 2 minutes, and the Cowboys needed a score to win the game, time after time Staubach got the job done. Not just a hero on the field, he was a hero off the field as well, serving his country in the navy and always very open about his faith. He was the guy every boy in my neighborhood wished to be.

  • Matt Smith

    Second Pittsburgher here, so I appreciate Clay’s comments about Lemieux above, but I’ve got to go with Stan Musial, the St. Louis Cardinal great who just passed away earlier this year. (He was a Western PA native, by the way.) While not well known outside of the midwest, his baseball statistics are up there with the greatest of all time. But more than that, he may have been the classiest and most decent person to ever play professional sports. He made everyone, from presidents and popes to the autograph seeker in a restaurant (he always obliged), feel important. This was true of him as a player, but also continued throughout his retirement. It’s cliche, but no one ever said a bad thing about him because there simply wasn’t anything bad to say. For the weeks following his death, there were countless columns and letters to the editor in the press containing unique antidotes of Stan the Man’s dignity and kindness. In an age where sports heroes all have their skeletons in the closet, here is a man that any of us would love for our children to look up to.

    In keeping with the theme of this contest, it is also worth pointing out that Stan played ball during 1942-63 when black players starting playing in MLB. While he was never a loud spokesman on the issue, he always treated the black players with respect and dignity. Consider this excerpt from

    “He was a lodge member, who acknowledged black players. At All-Star Games, he would see Aaron, Mays, Banks, et al, sitting in a corner, maybe playing a hand or two of cards before batting practice. Deal me in, Musial would say. His place was with the hitters, and they loved him for that.

    He had played on a mixed basketball team back in Donora, Pa. Once in Pittsburgh, the hotel put up a screen between the players and other diners. The boys — eight white, two black, including Buddy Griffey of the Donora Griffeys — walked out. In 1947, he declined to strike when some teammates babbled about not taking the field against Jackie Robinson. “

  • Denise

    One of my heroes is Jim Abbott – like Jackie Robinson, he fought against boundaries and with a strong the love of the game, found a way to play professionally against the odds. Never give up!

  • It’s a tough choice, but I am going with Lou Gehrig. I’m a Yankees fan and I’ve thought long about who is my favorite player. His courage stays with me and he is my hero for all time. I’m also a tremendous Jackie Robinson fan and am waiting eagerly to see “42.”

  • Jon Altman

    Hank Aaron-Still the true Home Run Champion-My father was from Atlanta (born in 1935) and liked ALL Atlanta players.

  • I hope it’s alright for this contest to actually have Jackie Robinson as one’s biggest sports hero. I grew up a huge Dodger and UCLA fan. I rememeber seeing the grainy footage of Robinson stealing home in the ’55 World Series vs. the Yankees and thought that it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I wore my baseball pants high because he did and I looked to steal every base when I played because I was sure he would have too. As I got older and began to read more about him and his NCAA career and then the bravery and faith he showed in breaking baseball’s color barrier, I was even more enamored. I named my son, in part, after him (Kalin Robinson Martin) because to me the name Robinson not only emits the joy of playing a game I loved, but also personifies so many great qualities I hope my son will have (bravery, grace, fire, etc.)

  • Olivia

    Steve Young, Hall of Famer and legendary 49ers QB. During an era of cheating and bad choices in Bay Area sports (see: Mark McGuire), he set a great example for student-athletes in my NorCal hometown. Steve was a consummate gentleman, powerful athlete and true champion. He also made it clear that staying in school and finishing a degree (and advanced degree!) were most important, because there’s a lot more to life than football.

  • Ooh, this is tough. I don’t know if “hero” is the right word, but for right now, I’m going to go with former Browns player & native Clevelander Josh Cribbs, who’s currently a free agent. I thought the way he left was done well, with an emotional message to his fans via Instagram: Our city’s had some rude moves from hometown boys in recent years – ahem., He Who Shall Not Be Named – so to see a local guy leave us in such a nostalgic, classy way was refreshing. I wish Josh Cribbs all the best & hope he gets to come home eventually. Lord knows Cleveland sports could use some success!

  • Dwight Davis

    Frank Wycheck (played tight end for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1995-2203). I wore his jersey almost every day of the football season when I was a kid. Wycheck was a rare tight end who regularly scored touchdowns. I had a chance to meet him as a kid and he was incredibly kind and fun, we even passed the ball around a little bit. He does a lot with the Tennessee special Olympics too.

  • Harijanto Tjahjono

    Tom Brady, just because he plays a great football and I live in Boston. I know, it’s pretty shallow compared to others who found larger-than-sports reasons to idolize sports players. This is not a knock on Brady obviously as I heard that he has devoted himself to numerous humanitarian causes and volunteered for many things. I just don’t normally idolize sports players for their off the field endeavors. But hey, you just made me into a fan of Jackie Robinson! Looking forward to watching the movie!

  • Jonathan Gott

    My all time favorite baseball player would have to be Ken Griffey Jr. I’m not sure if it’s because of the rookie card and bobbleheads of his that I have, or his sweet swing, I just always wanted to root for him. Through all of the steroids questions that plague the era that I grew up watching, he’s one guy that I’ve never heard associated with it. A career that could have been, he still put up huge career numbers and kept it classy through everything.

  • My favorite sports hero would have to be Mario Lemieux too. He is a fantastic athlete and he saved hockey in my Pittsburgh twice. Our guys love watching hockey and anyone that plays hockey has to be in darn great physical shape. Thanks for the giveaway this is going to be an awesome movie.

  • Kasey Edward Martin

    any announcement? Or is the winner just emailed, so no news is bad news (for me)?

  • Rebecca Cusey


    The random number picker picked number one. So, congratulations, Clay! Look for an email with further instructions.

    Thanks for playing and reading the blog, everyone. I really appreciate it.