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Jackie Robinson Movie

Teammate Claims Film

BOTCHED Famous Moment

5/4/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's an iconic photograph ... Jackie Robinson shaking hands with George Shuba -- the first time a white player and a black player did so in pro ball -- but the producers of "42" screwed it up in the new flick ... so says the man in the photo.

88-year-old George "Shotgun" Shuba -- who played ball with Robinson back in the 40s (above) -- tells TMZ he's disappointed producers chose to re-write history and CUT him from the famous scene.

George tells us, "I just wish they would have portrayed it correctly -- April 18, 1946 -- when I shook hands with Jackie as he crossed home plate in his first home run ever."

FYI: The scene in "42" randomly shows Jackie shaking hands with TWO white men at home plate instead, none of whom are George.

George's son was equally upset, "The producers should have done their research. Jackie was scared none of his teammates would shake his hands in public. That was a very historic moment that they eliminated."

Despite the snub, the Shubas aren't looking for an apology ... they simply want to set the record straight for younger generations, who may not know the real story.

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Elizabeth Alan    

Shame really. Apparently it did not fit in with the director or producer's take on the story.

347 days ago
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Bruno    

Why let something like the truth get in the way of a good story?

347 days ago
3.

Nicoleasm    

Hollywood is always messing history up

347 days ago
4.

Mayu    

it's Hollywood. Much like our government and elected officials, they don't care about the truth.

347 days ago
5.

Mel harrison    

people should do they research.

347 days ago
6.

Sassy    

An iconic moment like that should've been in the movie.

347 days ago
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GoPeytonLuck    

Idiots. How could you botch a piece of history.

347 days ago
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patsfan4life    

Producers these days don't care about historic moments or telling the truth, they just want money

347 days ago
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ANNIE24    

Hollywood's not interested in historical accuracy. Just look at Argo - this storyline was rewritten to make Americans look like heroes when in fact, it was Canadians who rescued the hostages.

347 days ago
10.

rosethorngurl    

That's horrible. Shame on you producers and screenwriters.

347 days ago
11.

zombie    

Naturally, Hollywood screws up the truth. Then people take these movies as fact based and swear by them as historically accurate.

347 days ago
12.

Ace    

They also left out the scene after they shook hands where they fight over the hand sanitizer.

347 days ago
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Skeptical    

Sounds to me like an honest mistake. The real story sounds exactly like something Hollywood would want in a movie.

347 days ago
14.

erkg    

Unless I missed something, this guy isn't even portrayed in the movie - I'd be ticked too - sickening how much liberty filmmakers take when it would be easier to tell/show the truth.

347 days ago
15.

Keyser Söze    

A whole lot of historical inaccuracies in this movie.

I understand changing actual real-lives events for dramatic purpose, but it sure seems like, every week, someone comes out, complaining about changes made in this picture that, frankly, didn't really need to be 'dramatize' in the first place.

Didn't look like a good movie, anyway...

347 days ago
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