He was the legendary number 42 who dazzled fans with his talent. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier as the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Now, Robinson's inspiring story is a major motion picture called 42.
The movie stars up-and-coming actor Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers general manager who took a chance on the young second baseman.
"It's always important to tell stories of people that overcame daunting circumstances. I think it gives us all hope," Ford said.
Rachel Robinson, Jackie's 90-year-old widow, posed with Boseman.
Jackie paved the way for baseball heroes like Ken Griffey Jr. and Yankee slugger Dave Winfield, who also were on hand.
"Without him none of this is possible," Griffey Jr. said.
David Winfield said, "Obama couldn't be president if wasn't for Jackie Robinson."
This isn't the first movie about the hall-of-famer. Jackie himself starred in the original movie about his place in history back in 1950.
Now, once again, the story of a true American hero is hitting a home run.