Local Little Leagues, baseball buffs and anyone seeking an enjoyable afternoon are invited to a free movie Aug. 21 that will feature a special appearance by a former Dodgers catcher.
“The Jackie Robinson Story” will air at 2 p.m. at City Hall as part of a free movie series sponsored by the City’s Community of Character Committee. The movie stars baseball legend Jackie Robinson playing himself in what has been described as a “neglected gem.” The film, which centers on Robinson’s career and ability to break the Major League color barrier, highlights August’s character quality of “self-control.”
After the film, former Dodgers catcher Jim Campanis will delight audience members with tales about his career and baseball industry. He made his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 1966 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. The 11-1 win over the Phillies was also the final victory for future hall-of-fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Jim ended his 6-year Major League career in 1973 after playing with the Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburg Pirates. Today, he is a successful businessman, an integral part of the Dodgers’ community relations efforts and a member of the Dodgers Alumni Association.
Character educators Elaine Portnoy and Bob Hayes will lead a brief discussion following the film, which will be featured on a theater-size screen with theater-style seating and surround-sound at 200 Civic Center, just across from the Mission Viejo Library.
As one of the most gifted athletes of the last century, Robinson’s story is inspirational and the film is especially recommended for youth of all ages participating in all types of sports programs.
For more information about this free event, call 949-470-3094.