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Showing of '42' to benefit Negro Leagues Museum

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A preview screening of "42," the new film about Jackie Robinson, on April 11 in Kansas City will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Kansas City Sports Commission.

The event will feature a VIP reception with actor Harrison Ford, who plays Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey in the film. Before Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, he spent the 1945 season playing for the Kansas City Monarchs, the famed Negro Leagues team.

As mayor Sly James would point out at a news conference on Wednesday: "Before Jackie was No. 42, he was No. 5 with the K.C. Monarchs."

The advance screening will take place at AMC BarryWoods 24, 8101 Roanridge Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64151. Events will include a pre-viewing Red Carpet VIP reception with Ford and co-star Andre Holland, and a post-viewing panel discussion moderated by sportswriter Joe Posnanski.

Individual tickets are available for $42 and $72 with multi-ticket VIP sponsorship packages at $10,000 and $25,000. Tickets must be purchased online by April 9 at

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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