Well that’s so much better right? In the new film ’42′ Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller is shown beaning Jackie Robinson in the head with a pitch, but his daughter says it didn’t happen that way and she never knew him to be a racist.
Via TMZ reports:
The daughter of a MLB pitcher who threw at Jackie Robinson’s head in the movie “42″ tells TMZ … producers blatantly disregarded the truth and unfairly portrayed her dad as a racist.
It was one of the most important scenes in the flick … big, bad Fritz Ostermueller (pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time) fired a baseball at Jackie’s head … and then shouted at him, “You don’t belong here!!!”
Problem is … Fritz never beaned Jackie in the head in real life — according to multiple reports at the time of the incident, the ball struck Jackie’s arm.
Now, Fritz’s daughter, Sherrill, is lashing out to TMZ — “The producers of ‘42’ certainly owe my father an apology. If they were going to portray my father falsely, they should have used a fictional name.”
Sherrill wants to make it clear — her beef is NOT with Jackie … “I have the deepest respect for Jackie Robinson and the courage he had to change baseball.”
However, Sherrill says producers have damaged her father’s reputation beyond repair — she tells us he was a “good man” who was never as angry or violent as he was portrayed in the movie.
We asked Sherrill if she believed her father was a racist — to which she replied, “My dad, to my knowledge, was not a racist. I was not raised in that type of home.”
The NY Daily News also offers Sherill’s explanation for why her dad hit Robinso at all:
Duesterhaus told the Quincy Herald-Whig — Ostermueller grew up in Quincy, Ill., — that her father was simply trying to back Robinson off the plate.
“From what my Mom told me, (Robinson) was crowding the plate, and Dad was trying to brush him back,” Duesterhaus told the newspaper.
“I was shocked and hurt with the way they are portraying him,” Duesterhaus added. “It’s Hollywood sensationalism, if you ask me.
And a writer for the NY Daily News detailed a few other things he noticed that were off in the film:
Bill Madden, the Daily News’ Hall of Fame baseball columnist, also pointed out several inaccuracies in “42″ in his Sunday notes column this week including the fact that Ostermueller, a lefty, was throwing righthanded.
“Finally got to see ’42′ last week and while I found it to be entertaining, with some terrific acting performances, in particular Harrison Ford as an Oscar-worthy Branch Rickey and Christopher Meloni as an equally dead-on Leo Durocher, I do not understand how the writers could take such pains to make everything authentic, such as the scenes in the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, and still manage to get everything so wrong. I could live with nit-picking some things, like the Dodgers’ Gene Hermanski hitting righthanded, and even Durocher being suspended from baseball purportedly because the Catholic Youth Organization complained about him dating a married woman. (It was gamblers, stupid!) I laughed out loud at the scene where Ralph Branca awkwardly asks Jackie to take a shower with him — even though Ralphie has assured me that never happened either. But when it came to the final scene, where Jackie, wearing his home Dodger whites, gets his revenge against Pirates lefty Fritz Ostermueller (who was nevertheless throwing righthanded), with a game-winning homer, I threw up my arms in exasperation. Only in Hollywood could a Brooklyn Dodger hit a walk-off homer in Pittsburgh.”
Comedy. Things that make ya go hmmmmmm. You can’t be mad at ol’ girl for trying to clear her dad’s name, riiiiight?
Does Warner Bros. owe the family an apology?