Netflix Bows Jackie Robinson Doc16 Apr, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix may not offer live (or repurposed) sports programming, but it currently is streaming a documentary in tribute to the late Jackie Robinson — the first African-American athlete to break the color barrier in professional sports with the Los Angeles (née Brooklyn) Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Major League Baseball every April 15 honors Robinson, who won Rookie of the Year, National League MVP Award (1949), played in six World Series and made six All-Star game appearances during a 10-year career that, at times, was plagued by racism.
Documentary Harvard Park features an all-star cast of former players, including retired Dodgers Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis, chronicling their off-season training regime — dubbed “The Program” — in a run-down field located in south central Los Angeles, according to a blog post by Pauline Fischer, VP of content acquisition with Netflix.
For more than 10 years, MLB players would congregate on the field to practice and share their skills and experience with local kids interested in baseball. In the process, the players, which included Kenny Williams, David Farmer, Barry Larkin, Dejon Watson, Royce Clayton and Lenny Harris, among others, would try to emulate Robinson’s famous quote, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
“In honor of Jackie Robinson Day we are happy to offer Harvard Park,” Fischer wrote.