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April 10, 2013

Rick Teverbaugh: Summer of 42 happens tonight

— I don’t remember a summer of 42. Regardless of what you might think, I am not that old.

Leading up to tonight, the closest I came was viewing the film “Summer of ’42,” which I watched when I was 19. It is a very good coming-of-age comedy starring Jennifer O’Neill and Gary Grimes.

So why is all of that at all important in a column on the sports page?

Because I get to experience a different Summer of 42 tonight at the Mounds Mall. There I will get an advance screening of the movie “42,” which chronicles Jackie Robinson’s trials as he broke the color barrier in becoming the first black player in major league baseball.

The film opens everywhere on Friday. My anticipation for this film is quite high.

Thanks in large part to the fact that our own Carl Erskine played for the Dodgers, I grew up a Dodgers’ fan — an allegiance that exists to this day.

Erskine will play a large role in tonight’s showing. There will be a reception prior to the movie, and Erskine will be in attendance. Interested film fans paid for a chance to attend the reception and view the film a day early. Tickets for that chance sold out quickly.

Proceeds from the sale of those tickets will go to Special Olympics, a cause near and dear to Erskine’s heart.

Patrons also will receive an autographed copy of his new book, “The Parallel.” In the book Erskine documents the country moving forward in its attitude toward racial and developmental differences.

It will be a must read for me, as his previous two books about his baseball experiences have been.

Early reviews of the film have been very good, despite the fact that Erskine’s character isn’t a part of the film’s focus. It is apparently well acted, and the script is both dynamic and true to the historical truth of this period.

In my Sunday column, I will offer my opinions of the film and hopefully also share Erskine’s take.

It is an evening I’ve had marked on my calendar for some time now. I am certain I will enjoy the entire evening.

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So the Indiana University men’s basketball team will look a bit different next season.

That is undeniably the case after first Victor Oladipo and then Cody Zeller announced on successive days they are kicking the college game and the education as well to the curb in favor of the big bucks and the NBA.

Neither decision was a surprise. Yet, to me even though both are understandable, one is a good decision and one is not.

Oladipo will be coveted by every NBA team, and some might even trade up for the express purpose of picking him. He is a class defender with super athletic skills. He will do well.

I don’t think Zeller will. He needed another year to either get stronger or develop more of an outside shot. Right now, he isn’t NBA caliber in either area.

Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh’s columns appear twice weekly.

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