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Jackie Robinson

Pitcher's Family PISSED

Over Racist Portrayal in '42'

4/30/2013 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The daughter of a MLB pitcher who threw at Jackie Robinson's head in the movie "42" tells TMZ ... producers blatantly disregarded the truth and unfairly portrayed her dad as a racist.

It was one of the most important scenes in the flick ... big, bad Fritz Ostermueller (pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time) fired a baseball at Jackie's head ... and then shouted at him, "You don't belong here!!!"

Problem is ... Fritz never beaned Jackie in the head in real life -- according to multiple reports at the time of the incident, the ball struck Jackie's arm. 

Now, Fritz's daughter, Sherrill, is lashing out to TMZ -- "The producers of ‘42’ certainly owe my father an apology. If they were going to portray my father falsely, they should have used a fictional name."

0429_fritz_ostermueller_sub2Sherrill wants to make it clear -- her beef is NOT with Jackie ... "I have the deepest respect for Jackie Robinson and the courage he had to change baseball.”

However, Sherrill says producers have damaged her father's reputation beyond repair -- she tells us he was a "good man" who was never as angry or violent as he was portrayed in the movie.

We asked Sherrill if she believed her father was a racist -- to which she replied, "My dad, to my knowledge, was not a racist. I was not raised in that type of home."

We reached out to the people behind the movie -- so far, no word back.

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46.

JFO    

What does the truth matter in the pursuit of sensationalism???? So what if you ruin the reputation of another person to pound it home that Jackie Robinson did in fact face opposition to his playing major league ball??? This is why I don't go to see movies like this; I am in awe of what Mr. Robinson was able to accomplish but I can't take Hollywood's need to beat the viewer over the head with it instead of simply presenting the story in a truthful manner. That, in and of itself, is stirring enough without having to resort to such childish and fabricated instances that (in that case) besmirch the name of another player like this.

355 days ago
47.

Djdk    

She will lose; it was truth enough..... Here's the apology... Sorry your dad was a racist kid. Wait! She was a ****ing kid and her dad did die when she was quite young.... Eat ****..... They probably grew up on the plantation.

355 days ago
48.

judy jetson    

Hollywood spreading propaganda to push an agenda. What else is new?

355 days ago
49.

Enough    

My dads not racist it was on his arm not head. Are you kidding? All that does is change WHERE he hit jackie not WHY. Notice she said 'to my knowledge' that's a nice way of saying idk. The fact is there, he hit the man, what kind of non racist throws a ball and yells you don't belong here!? I'll wait..

355 days ago
50.

paul a.    

There was plenty of hate directed toward JR. There was no need to make stories up. I would be pissed too if I felt it weren't true.But welcome to Hollywood. They love to play with the truth. The statement you see at the beginning of each film "Based on a true story" is one we need to pay close attention to. The key word being BASED.
My sex life is BASED upon my ability to bed Megan Fox. It will ever happen.

354 days ago
51.

Areader    

I would imagine that the producers and director got it right!

354 days ago
52.

Now    

More than anything the comment that the dad made about JR not belonging there is the racist part. Funny how she didn't mention that part! How about her dad apologize to his family for being stupid and ignorant!!!

354 days ago
53.

Breazi    

uhh so whats the difference between hitting him in the arm vs hitting him in the head?? he still threw the darn ball at him smh

354 days ago
54.

da85brs    

Please help understand; the family not disputing the fact that he said "You don't belong here!!!". It's the location on the ball? Right?

354 days ago
55.

Majestik    

Girlfriend should be happy her father wasn't Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb. Yelling a racial slur back in the day when Blacks were just starting to fight to become accepted was per the norm. Just face the fact it was a different time. NOW, as I said if Ruth or Cobb was her father she'd need to move to another country, change her name and if she looked like either of those MAJOR A-HOLES she'd need a bit of plastic surgery.

354 days ago
56.

Jmac    

Here is the thing. In my mind from what I remember as a child myself, my dad was not a racist. Or at least I didn't think he was. He coached baseball and had black players on his team and was very close with our black neighbor kid across the street. But behind closed doors supposed there was a definate line in his mind between races. Other people have told me this, he NEVER conveyed that to us. I'm thinking this is probably what this lady experienced as well. Fathers never wantedt show their negative side to their daughters. That's why we looked up to them and loved them so much, we only saw the good. That's not to say he's a bad person, or anyone who is, they were molded by society and people around them. Especially in the 1940's.

354 days ago
57.

Donna    

Where he actually hit Robinson isn't what really matters. What matters is if he shouted "You don't belong here!" That's the racism, not the HBP. If he hit him in the arm and shouted that, but the movie shows him hitting him in the head, that's just them combining two events into one. Jackie Robinson was beaned many times, and racist stuff was shouted at him many times.

354 days ago
58.

tt    

SUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

354 days ago
59.

intrigued    

Head or arm, he still hit him and said that. There's no difference.

354 days ago
60.

baby    

i thought it was a great movie, and how can someone be treated like that and not be upset or angry, heck i was upset and angry because of the way he was treated. is she upset cause she wasnt in it?

354 days ago
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