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.
has just been swatted ... but this one is RADICALLY different from all the others ... because the LAPD is clearly hip to the prank now ... TMZ has learned.
Someone placed the electronic 911 call within the last hour ... claiming multiple shots were fired at Magic's L.A. home. We're also told the caller claimed the shooters were holding someone hostage.
As for the LAPD's response ... it was anemic compared to prior 911 incidents. We're told only a few patrol cars responded. There were no choppers, no SWAT team, no guns-drawn maneuver.
Apparently the LAPD has now figured out the markers that distinguish swatting from the real deal.
Cops on scene quickly confirmed it was a prank.
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."
Sherrill 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.
is covering his bases for today's legal battle with ex-wife Jamie McCourt
... he dined last night with a priest.
Frank was at Toscana restaurant in Brentwood with a very hot young woman and the man of the cloth.
So the questions:
1. Since we've seen Frank with this woman before, we were wondering if he's tying the knot again -- with the help of the priest.
2. If he's not getting hitched again, was he looking for some divine intervention to torpedo Jamie's claim that Frank screwed her out of hundreds of millions of bucks by undervaluing the Dodgers.
3. How does Frank feel about what Magic Johnson
said -- that he'd support and protect a member of the Dodgers who came out of the closet?
Frank answers all ...
has never talked about it before ... but he wanted to open up about his gay son and the implications that Earvin Johnson III
's coming out will have in the black community, in the sports community and in their lives.
TMZ sat down with the NBA legend for an unbelievably candid interview -- we've divided the video into three parts:
1) How Magic went to his son around the age of 13 and asked, "Are you gay?" Magic explains why he felt the need to approach his kid and the importance of letting EJ know his whole family loved and supported him.
2) Magic tells us how he feels about some of the hateful reactions to EJ's coming out on African-American blogs and whether he's bitter, given his unparalleled support of the black community.
3) Magic talks about how his son's coming out could inspire professional athletes to follow suit. Harvey also asks Magic how, as the owner of the L.A. Dodgers, he would react to a player coming out.
You gotta watch Magic -- he's awesome and inspiring.
It's been almost 25 years since Orel Hershiser
fireballed the L.A. Dodgers past the Oakland A's in the 1988 World Series ... and this week, he reminded everyone of his former greatness by rocking his championship ring to dinner in Bev Hills.
Orel -- who's now part of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" team -- was out at Madeo with friends this weekend ... when we noticed a large, shiny, blue object on his pitching hand.
Turns out, Orel still believes in showing off the goods in public ... 'cause the bling turned out to be his '88 ring ... and Orel was quick to flash it to the cameras.
On one hand, it's pretty badass ... on the other hand, it's a little Springsteen "Glory Days."
So, we gotta ask ...
has filed a new lawsuit against her ex-hubby former L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt
... claiming he grossly shortchanged her in the property settlement by fraudulently undervaluing their assets -- in particular the Dodgers.
In the lawsuit ... obtained by TMZ ... Jamie says based on the valuation of assets Frank's team provided ... she agreed to accept a $131 million settlement plus a few other things.
Jamie now says Frank cooked the books by undervaluing the Dodgers assets at less than 1/10 their actual value. Jamie says their total assets were more than $1.7 BILLION.
Jamie says based on the real numbers, she should have received more than $900 million.
Rich people's problems.
Former New York Yankees
slugger Andruw Jones
' Christmas Day started out behind bars -- police in Georgia arrested him for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife ... following their Christmas Eve party.
According to the incident report, obtained by TMZ, Andruw's wife called police at 1:30 yesterday morning, claiming Andruw drunkenly attacked her in their Duluth, GA home following the holiday get together, dragging her through their garage and choking her.
Andruw's wife told police she had asked him to help her set up for Christmas morning after the party -- including assembling a computer desk -- and Andruw grew belligerent ... grabbing her and attacking her.
According to the report, when police arrived at the couple's home, they found the baseball player passed out in bed, still dressed in his clothes from earlier in the day. Officers then woke Andruw up and placed him under arrest.
According to Gwinnett County jail records ... Jones was booked for battery and released on a $2,500 bond.
35-year-old Jones starred with the Braves, Dodgers, White Sox, Rangers ... and last season with the Yankees. He just signed a deal to play in Japan next year.
L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett
got the paddle from his smokin' hot bikini-clad wife in Maui this weekend.
With his wife Holly at the helm of a stand up paddle board, Josh sat back and enjoyed the ride.
Ladies, never let your man weigh you down.
Former L.A. Dodgers
outfielder Milton Bradley
's estranged wife told police he beat the crap out of her this week ... the third time she's accused him of attacking her -- this according to law enforcement sources.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Milton's wife Monique filed a felony domestic violence report with the LAPD, claiming she and Milton were in their house when a verbal altercation turned physical ... leaving her with visible marks on her body. Our sources couldn't be more specific.
Milton and his wife have been through the ringer in the last year. Both filed dueling divorce petitions after Milton was arrested for felony assault ... when he allegedly swung a bat at her.
The bat incident occurred in September 2011. Milton was arrested for a separate domestic violence incident in January 2011 -- also involving Monique -- making this the THIRD time Milton's been accused of domestic violence.
So far, Milton's just been named in the police report. Officers haven't arrested him yet, but law enforcement sources tell us, cops really want to speak to him.
Milton is also suspected of violating the restraining order Monique currently has against him.
Milton's attorney Harland Braun tells TMZ, "Milton denies hitting her and will cooperate with police. This is an ongoing, bitter divorce."
With his arm in a sling, Los Angeles Dodgers
superstar Matt Kemp
took his busted left shoulder out clubbing Tuesday night ... just FOUR DAYS after undergoing surgery.
Kemp -- who had arthroscopic work done on his rotator cuff and shoulder -- and the Angels' Torii Hunter
hit up Supperclub in Hollywood Tuesday night ... where they battled crowds and the dreaded rose-seller lady on the way out.
Kemp seemed to be in good spirits for a guy who won't be able to swing a bat for the next three months.
Buuuuut ... Kemp just signed a $160 MILLION contract .... so is it a smart move to take your tender, vulnerable shoulder to a place packed with crowds and drunk people?
On the other hand, it's not like the Dodgers have a game anytime soon.