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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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16.

King Anton    

that dude looks older than Jackie. What the hell are all of you talking about???

474 days ago
17.

lander    

He should have told the producers that he is an American Citizen. That would have fixed things right up.

474 days ago
18.

alan brickman    

So much racism against white people in this film!!...

474 days ago
19.

QuiFree    

They probably just didn't wanna pay Shubba.. Point blank.

474 days ago
20.

carmen    

who cares? the film was still awesome. put your ego away. you knew it happen that way so it's cool. the big thing of the movie for me was that he was the first black to play in major league baseball not that he shook your hand.

474 days ago
21.

Thomas Jefferson    

Movie wasn't that great to begin with but more people know something him now.

474 days ago
22.

bbwlover1969    

The film isn't that good. It's a B movie about a subject that deserved a better script and better historical research.

474 days ago
23.

cindy    

Who cares if it was one white guy or three,, they all look alike so it wouldnt have changed the story.

474 days ago
24.

Areader    

Producers crack me up...how the bleep do they screw that up???

474 days ago
25.

Emilio    

Seriously? We expect Hollyweird to get it right?

474 days ago
26.

BellaJ    

Very disappointing that they didn't get such a historic event correct. He should feel snubbed, he did what so many others wouldn't.

474 days ago
27.

randomnone    

White ppl always whining...always wanting recognition. Ughh

474 days ago
28.

Lyric Rainn    

what a shame!! should have kept it REAL!

474 days ago
29.

JuanRambo    

When keeping it real goes wrong...

474 days ago
30.

Mrugowsky    

It wouldn't be the first time a movie took liberties with the facts.

474 days ago
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