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Soul of the Game (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Sport | TV Movie 20 April 1996
Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.

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Cast

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Josh Gibson
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Branch Rickey
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Jackie Robinson
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Wilkie
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Lahoma (as Salli Richardson)
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Grace
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Cum Posey
Cylk Cozart ...
Zo Perry
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Gus Greenlee
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Happy Chandler
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Frank Duncan
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Pete Harmon
Armand Asselin ...
Rip
Joey Banks ...
Link Rudolph
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Storyline

Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are the greatest players in the Colored leagues, and everyone expects that one of them will make the leap to the Major Leagues, now that there is talk of integration. But, unexpectedly, it's the rookie with the army record, Jackie Robinson, that gets tapped to be the first. Written by Kathy Li

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Rated PG-13 for language and brief sensuality
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20 April 1996 (USA)  »

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Baseball in Black and White  »

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At the end of the movie, in the Negro League vs. Major League All-Star Game, played in 1945, there is a 50-star flag on the flagpole (two close-up shots). In 1948 it should have been a 48-star flag. See more »

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Waiting for the Spike Lee bio of Jackie Robinson
25 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Everybody knows that director Spike Lee wants to make a film about Jackie Robinson, and he's probably the best man to do it. While we are waiting, here we have an honest TV movie about the early days of Robinson un pro baseball. The film shows us the two greatest athletes of the Black Men Baseball league, Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige. I think it's a bit sad to portray these men with foolish minds, always tryin' to have some fun, because I'm sure that discipline was necessary to them to be so excellent on the field. Anyway, I think this movie is entertaining, well done and it can be a good filler while we're waiting for Mr. Spike Lee epic.


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