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Rickwood Field's exposure in film '42' invaluable

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Film goers made a strong statement for America's favorite pastime this weekend catapulting the biopic '42' about legendary baseball great Jackie Robinson to the top of the box office.

Part of the movie was filmed two historic locations in Birmingham, one being Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in the nation.

The movie chronicles Robinson's rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, as he broke the color barrier in the pro-sport.

David Brewer with Friends of Rickwood, a non-profit organization which oversees the facility, says the film has been significant for not only the historic ballpark, but also for Birmingham as a whole.

"Given the significance of the Jackie Robinson story and the fact the Rickwood, is portrayed as Rickwood Field, in the opening scene of the movie, I think '42' has particular significance for both the ballpark project and our community," Brewer said.

Brewer said the film generated in tens of thousands of dollars from the facility's renters fee, but the overall exposure is invaluable.

The nearly 103 year-old ballpark has been commercials, music videos, and three full-length films.

Brewer says the movie's production crew rented the ballpark for six weeks, but shot at the facility for 10 days, altering parts of it to resemble three different fields.

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