Kansas City to host special preview screening of “42”, Harrison Ford to attend VIP reception

Kansas City Mayor Sly James spoke at today's press conference about the "42" screening.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James spoke at today’s press conference announcement of the “42” screening.

If you’ve toured the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum or the Royals Hall of Fame, you’ve learned about the rich history of baseball in Kansas City. One of the great stories is the Monarchs baseball team, including Jackie Robinson, a member of the 1945 squad. Jackie went on to break the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. That story is being told in a new film, “42”, which opens nationwide this April.

“42” stars Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman.

Kansas City has been selected for an advance screening of “42” on Thursday, April 11 (a Royals off day). The screening will be held at BarryWoods 24, 8101 Roanridge Road in Kansas City, Mo.

There are three levels of ticketing: VIP, Legacy and Major Leaguer. The VIP ticket includes a reception with Harrison Ford, while the Legacy ticket includes an introduction of the movie by Ford. A trailer of the movie plus all of the ticketing details can be found at 42kansascity.com.

Individual tickets are tax deductible, with proceeds going to the Negro Leagues Baseball Magazine and the Kansas City Sports Commission.  Tickets are available through April 9.

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