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Goofs

Anachronisms 

Music comes from the car radio as soon as the switch clicks. Car radios had vacuum tubes until the mid 1950s, and needed to warm up for 5 or 10 seconds before any sound was produced.
The scene in which Pee Wee Reese puts his arm around Jackie at a game in Cincinnati occurred in 1948, not 1947.
As the minor league team bus approaches the rural gas station, a caption says "Interstate 24". The Interstate system started in 1956. The road is most likely US Highway 24, which runs east-west through Kansas City.
The first establishing shot outside Branch Rickey's office, the Mechanics Bank Building, shows an elevated subway passing by. While there was a subway line at that location, it ceased operation in 1940, and was demolished soon after.
After a deliberate pitch hits Jackie Robinson in the forehead, stitches and Steri-strips keep the wound closed. Micropore tape, the precursor to Steri-strips, was invented in 1959. The original Steri-strips were first used in 1962. The Steri-strips used in the movie first appeared in the early 1990s.
During Rachel's introductory shot, the camera slowly tracks toward her as she answers the phone in the hallway. A modern-day air conditioning return vent is clearly visible on the left wall. Carrier developed the first home air conditioner in 1928, but it was very rare in homes until the 1950s.
Someone says Robinson stole 29 bases in 1947 without being caught. The National League did not record failed attempts (caught stealing) until 1951.
New York City police officers at Ebbets Field have silver nameplates below their badges. Nameplates were added to the NYPD's uniform regulations in the early 1970s, and they were black with white lettering for a decade.
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When Jackie looks out of his room at the New York skyline, the Empire State Building has modern lighting, and the antenna mast installed in 1950.
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During the first Spring Training game between the Royals and the Dodgers, modern rail cars are visible beyond the outfield fence.
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In Rickey's office, just before the call about Durocher, paper is in his message tray, and a post-it is attached to the clipping. Post-it notes were invented in 1977.
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The movie shows the modern catcher's box behind home plate, which was introduced in 1955. In 1947, the catcher was in a triangular area marked by continuing the 1st and 3rd baselines to the backstop.
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Character error 

Cairo, Georgia is pronounced "KAY-row", not "KYE-row" like the capital of Egypt.
When Burt Shotton introduces himself to the Dodgers as the new manager, the team is wearing their gray "road" uniforms and standing in the visiting clubhouse of the Polo Grounds, the Giants' home ballpark. He asks who the Dodgers are playing, and someone replies "The Giants," which Shotton should already know.

Continuity 

When the Baseball Commissioner tells Branch Rickey that he must suspend Leo Durocher, he is reading a newspaper article about Durocher's "Love Nest." A sidebar article on the same page mentions Durocher's mother commenting about his suspension, which hadn't happened yet.
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When Rachel stands when Jackie gets spiked on first base, a man in a fedora is sitting next to her. Later, when the camera zooms in towards Rachel holding the baby during the National Anthem, the same man has his hat off.
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Errors in geography 

Halfway through the movie, when Wendell and Jackie are driving in New York, they are going west on 34th street. The Empire State Building and the New Yorker are on the same side of the street. In real life, the New Yorker is across the street.
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When Jackie and Rachel are dropped off at the house in Daytona Beach, Wendell tells them they will stay until the end of the week, then go to Sanford, "only 45 minutes away". To travel from Daytona Beach to Sanford in 45 minutes, they would've had to average 80 mph on roads considered 'back roads' today.
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Factual errors 

In the film, that Leo Durocher is suspended for his affair with a married woman. In reality, he was suspended for reported links to gamblers.
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The Home Run in the 4th inning that put the Brooklyn Dodgers ahead of Pittsburgh and lead to the 1947 pennant came in the following sequence: Ball 1, Ball 2, Foul, Foul, Home Run. The film shows a 3-0 count with Jackie asking for "something he can hit."
The game on September 17, which Jackie Robinson hits a home run off of Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller to help the Dodgers clinch the pennant, was not the actual day the Dodgers clinched the pennant. The National League standings at the end of play that day had the Dodgers with a record of 91-54, while the second place Cardinals had a record of 80-62. With 154 games in a season, it was still possible for the Cardinals to win the pennant with a record of 92-62, with the Dodgers finishing in second place with a record of 91-63.
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Gene Hermanski is portrayed batting with his right hand. In real life, Hermanski was a left-handed batter.
When Pee Wee Reese puts his arm around Jackie Robinson's shoulder at the start of a day game at Crosley Field, the scoreboard clock reads 8:45. Day games start in early afternoon.
Red Barber is shown broadcasting road games in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. However, in 1947 he did not travel with the team. Instead, he recreated away games at home in a studio, based on data sent by wire via Western Union. Live Dodger broadcasts of away games began in 1948.
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When he arrives at spring training for the Montreal Royals, Wendell Smith introduces himself to Robinson. In real life, the two had already met in 1945, when Smith had arranged a special try-out for Jackie Robinson with the Boston Red Sox.
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In the movie, the Dodgers holding Spring Training in Panama during Robinson's rookie season. In real life, Dodgers Spring Training was in Havana, Cuba that season.
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In real life, Fritz Ostermueller was almost 40 years old when Jackie Robinson debuted in the National League.
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When Ed Charles and his mother attend the spring season game, she tells him to keep up, and he says he is 10 years old. Ed Charles was born in 1933, so he would have been 13 in 1946.
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In 1947, after signing Hank Greenberg, the left field fence in Forbes Field was shortened to allow for more homers, and was labeled "Greenberg Gardens." The bullpens were also there. When Jackie homers off Ostermueller, the old fence and layout are shown.
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The radio broadcast booth in Ebbets Field is lettered with WMGM. At the time, the radio station used the call letters WHN. The call letters changed the following year.
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In the game against Pittsburgh, with Ostermueller pitching, Robinson is hit by a pitch in the head. According to Robinson's wife, Rachel, he was actually hit in the wrist.
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Both Rachel Robinson and Ralph Branca, film consultant and Dodger pitcher in the dugout that day, say the scene of Robinson breaking his bat in the dugout tunnel did not happen. The director said he included the scene because he felt "there was no way Robinson could have withstood all that abuse without cracking at least once, even if it was in private."
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the end of the movie, still shots of the players appear on the screen, with little factoids. The last one has a picture of Jackie Robinson, and the factoid says "The number 42 is the only number retired in all of baseball." Plenty of numbers have been retired within each team. However, Number 42 was globally retired from all teams across Major League Baseball, as a sign of respect and admiration.
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Revealing mistakes 

Wendell and other characters type on manual typewriters throughout the film. Every sentence and every name begins with a capital letter, yet none of the characters ever presses the 'shift' key (very noticeable on a manual typewriter).
When Pee Wee Reese shows the threatening letter to Mr. Rickey, the door behind Pee Wee says "Private" backward because the lettering is on the other side of the window. The "R" in Private is facing the right way, when it should be backward.
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