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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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176 COMMENTS

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76.

well duhhh    

OKAY SO HE BEANED HIM IN THE ARM NOT THE HEAD.... STILL A RACIST! lol.......

455 days ago
77.

Poopsi47    

He was racist,

455 days ago
78.

youdontknowme    

I'm black. I don't care if you call me ******, or anything in that matter. My family slaved, fought for freedom and got it. Even though black people been through it all, we've felt the biggest victory. Not all white people are racist. At the end of the day, if any racist person were to call me a ******, I'd smile. Because I'm happy with my generation's past...racist people must not be happy with theirs. If blacks stop acting offended maybe racist people will shut up. Just maybe.

455 days ago
79.

Black    

The truth hurts

455 days ago
80.

susan    

Was he a racist?

455 days ago
81.

susan    

Never heard of this guy

455 days ago
82.

susan    

But I HATE racist people

455 days ago
83.

susan    

Racism is the core of all thats bad

455 days ago
84.

susan    

Who cares about colour of a persons skin?

455 days ago
85.

susan    

My parents were wonderful people

455 days ago
86.

susan    

They never pointed out any differences, why should they?

455 days ago
87.

susan    

Being a racist is being afraid

455 days ago
88.

susan    

God bless people who ignore the racist rants.

455 days ago
89.

Dumas    

Well wasn't it the truth or are you all blind?

455 days ago
90.

lylakoimoon    

The only reason it didn't hit him in the head was because he put his arm up. I took this from an article written in 1997 :

"On May 17, when Pittsburgh pitcher Fritz Ostermueller nearly beaned him with a rising fastball—it struck Robinson's arm as he jerked it up to shield his head—the Dodgers in the dugout rose to their feet, gathered on the steps and peppered Ostermueller with threats and profanity. In the May 24 Pittsburgh Courier, Robinson's closest friend among the writers, Wendell Smith, wrote, "It was then that they displayed, probably for the first time, that they regard him as one of them."

Not too far from the truth. I've seen history butchered worse than this. She needs to calm down.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1010023/6/index.htm

455 days ago
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