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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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61 COMMENTS

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31.

Barry McCockiner    

What history doesn't remember is that Jackie Robinson actually stole Shuba's batting glove off of his hand while he shook it.

351 days ago
32.

Mrugowsky    

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

351 days ago
33.

Lily Daisy    

You would think the writers would do their homework and contact George Shuba so they could record this iconic moment in history accurately! There is absolutely no excuse why they decided to make up something instead. And a big thank you goes out to Mr. Shuba for correcting this lie.

351 days ago
34.

JT    

Another BIG omission: Even before Jackie Robinson made it to the majors, he played for the Montreal Royals in Canada where everyone loved him. HIs wife says to this day they never experienced any racism there. Guess that truth would undercut the point of their movie.

351 days ago
35.

Scott Levy    

It seems like 42 is about as historically accurate as Walt Disney's Pocahontas.

351 days ago
36.

Reese    

We can stop pretending this movie is masterpiece theater and call it what it is....Hollywood fiction fishing for an Oscar.

350 days ago
37.

terri    

well I won't waste my time seeing this movie it's a farce... shame

350 days ago
38.

Gamecock    

I was at Rickwood the day this scene was filmed. There was no script to handle this scene. After a discussion by Graf and his staff, they decided to go with both players shaking Jackies hand. One of the extra coaches tried to correct the scene. That did not go over well. So, this is what you get...

330 days ago
39.

george    

its a shame when some did something while everyone else was doing wrong and he gets no recognition. thats sad.

327 days ago
40.

SS    

HEY FOLKS, HAVE SPOKEN TO TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN "42." NEITHER OF THEM ARE ORGINAL BROOKLYN DODGERS' FANS.

WHY DID THE MOVIE NOT HIGHLIGHT OR ACCENTUATE THE TOTAL FACT THAT JACKIE ROBINSON STARTED IN THE MAjORS AT SECOND BASE FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS ??

YOU FOLKS OBVIOUSLY DID NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

SHAME ON YOU

210 days ago
41.

SS    

You folks did not do your homework for "42." Spoke to two people who viewed the movie. Neither of them remember Robinson being at second base.

Duh, that is the position he started at and also played for many years into his career span.

204 days ago
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