If you could ask 42’s Chadwick Boseman one question, what would it be?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Jackie Robinson‘s story is a historically significant one both socially and in the sports world, a tale that had such sweeping implications the world as we know it today would look so much different had he not done one simple thing.

Play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

However, even that wasn’t so simple and his story is coming to life on the big screen in April via 42, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. 

With the upcoming Sports Movies issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking a look at this new film, which opens April 12, as well as a look back at memorabilia and other ways to collect. As part of this, I’ll be attending an advance screening of the film, sit in on a Q&A session with Boseman and, if all goes to plan, ask him a few collecting questions, too.

Here’s where you come in … What one question would you ask Chadwick Boseman?

Would you ask him about such an important role? Would you ask about collecting baseball cards? Would you ask whether he’s had any practice autographing baseballs on the sweet spot? (That’s not always as easy as it sounds.)

Time-permitting, I’ll ask one of your questions … so get creative and leave your question in the comments below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Joe
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    What was your favorite baseball team and player growing up?

  2. Chris Smith
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    After learning about Jackie Robinson and playing his story, did you go out and buy any of his baseball cards? Or do you want to now?

  3. Kevin
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    What is your favorite kind of soup

    From mod: Let’s keep them sports, collecting or movie-related, please.

  4. Matt K.
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    1) Are you a current collector of sports cards or did this movie make want to do more collecting?

    2) What was one thing you learned about Jackie Robinson, while filming the movie, that most would not know?

  5. afff
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    How did you feel playing such an iconic role in the movie 42 and having to see what Mr. Robinson had to endure through out his life? On playing this role, how has your outlook on Mr. Robinson changes?

  6. Kevin
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I really like Matts 2nd question

  7. Ryan R
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m a big fan of Matt K’s second question as well

  8. Cincyscott76
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Did you ever play sock ball growing up? Where you would roll a sock into a ball and try to hit it?

  9. Pete Irwin
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    After playing such an important person in Baseball History, if you could start all over again, would you still want to become an actor or pursue a Baseball career?

  10. Richard
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Do you think Mr.Robinson is finally at peace knowing how diverse our national pastime has finally become?

  11. Kevin Stary
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    During filming of the movie did you get a chance to meet & talk with Rachel & their children @ if you did what questions did you ask them to better prepare yourself for such an iconic role?

  12. Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Is this seriously only the first feature film made about Robinson? I can’t think of any others. But I’m looking forward to this one.

  13. Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh–and as for a specific question for Boseman:

    would you ever consider playing Curt Flood?

    (He seems every bit as interesting a character for a film.)

    Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    How important was it for you to play Jackie Robinson.

  15. chris joy
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    How did you study for the role of Jackie Robinson? Did you get the chance to talk to any of His Family?

  16. Richard
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I saw a trailer for a very cool film Chadwick did last year called “The Kill Hole”, did he do that before or after “42”.

    2 really cool films released around the same time, this guy is awesome.

  17. Kirk Keith
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    What was it like to play in Rickwood field in Birmingham Al…considering so many other HOF players played there? Mays, Aaron, Paige

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