10.28
Misc: A World Away, the Seventh Game Close at Hand, Condemned Nazis

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Nuremberg trial

Dan Barry writes in The New York Times about the Protestant minister and Roman Catholic priest who were asked to serve as chaplains to the most nefarious Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. For them, baseball was a blessed distraction from the horror of their task. Read their difficult story here: A World Away, the Seventh Game Close at Hand, Condemned Nazis

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9.6
TCC Films: The Perfect Game

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The Perfect Game Looking for a movie to watch with Roman Catholic boys between the ages of 5-12? Look no further than The Perfect Game. The Perfect Game is based on the true story of the 1957 Little League World Series which was won for the first time by a non-US team, the Industrial Little League of Monterrey Mexico. The league’s pitcher, Ángel Macías, threw the first, and only, perfect game in championship history. The Perfect Game is an inspiring tale of underdogs and teamwork, and as a bonus for the adults, Cheech Marin plays the priest. Watch the trailer after the jump:

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9.5
TCC Films: 42

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Jackie Robinson Watch 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic, this weekend with your kids.  Certainly it will shock younger viewers to discover that in 1947 America was still an extremely racist and segregated place, with no blacks in “white baseball.”  Chadwick Boseman does an excellent job playing the real life hero, Jackie Robinson, who changed the world by integrating baseball and having the courage not to fight back when insulted and provoked.  And Harrison Ford does a fine job as Dogers exeutive Branch Rickey, trying to move the sport he loves away from its racist and separate but unequal past. A great movie for the whole family to watch and discuss. Watch the trailer after the jump:

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