The History Channel to Premiere New Documentary “After Jackie” on Saturday, June 18 at 8PM ET/PT Executive Produced By LeBron James and Stanley Nelson
The documentary tells the often overlooked story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players after Jackie Robinson, including Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson, who were up next in the fight for racial equality.
[via press release from History]
THE HISTORY(R) CHANNEL PREMIERES ‘AFTER JACKIE’ EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY LEBRON JAMES AND HIS SPORTS EMMY WINNING BRAND ‘UNINTERRUPTED’ AND OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMMAKER STANLEY NELSON IN ASSOCIATION WITH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18 AT 8PM ET/PT
Directed by Andre Gaines, the Two-Hour Documentary Airs In Celebration of the 75th Anniversary Year of Jackie Robinson Breaking the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball and Tells the Untold Story of the Next Generation of Black Baseball Players Who Fought for Racial Equality in the Sport After Robinson
New York, NY – April 15, 2022 – The HISTORY(R) Channel sets the premiere date for its new two-hour documentary “After Jackie” on Saturday, June 18 at 8PM ET/PT and during the 75th anniversary year of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Executive produced by UNINTERRUPTED’s LeBron James and Maverick Carter, Emmy Award(R) winning and Academy Award(R) nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson (“Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre,” “Attica”), critically-acclaimed producer and director Andre Gaines (“The One and Only Dick Gregory,” “The Lady and the Dale”) and in association with Major League Baseball, the documentary tells the often overlooked story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players after Jackie Robinson, including Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson, who were up next in the fight for racial equality. “After Jackie” honors these brave men and sheds light on the heroic story of how they stepped to the plate and put their lives on the line to integrate baseball and demand a fairer and more inclusive America for African American athletes around the world.
On April 15, 1947, a young Jackie Robinson started at first base with the Brooklyn Dodgers, marking the first time a Black man played in the modern Major Leagues and breaking the color barrier in the sport. Robinson’s incredible accomplishments on the field are even more remarkable when combined with the enormous obstacles he was faced with while achieving them – fighting against segregation, racial discrimination and standing up for the rights of African Americans everywhere. However, when the Hall of Famer retired to continue his efforts off the field, there was still much work to be done in baseball and players including Bill White, Curt Flood, and future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson picked up where Jackie left off. The relentless efforts and sacrifices of these brave men would eventually advance the status of Black players on and off the field, send the league toward greater roster integration, and force the sport of baseball, and the country, to change for the better.
“After Jackie” delves deep into the untold stories of White, Flood and Gibson who refused to let the color of their skin determine the boundaries of their successes and whose resolute determination and tenacity marked a new standard of acceptance and inclusivity within the sport of baseball and ultimately around the world. The film features new and rare interviews with White and Gibson, before his untimely passing, as well as former and current baseball players such as CCSabathia, Mookie Betts, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Torre, Dave Roberts, Al Downing and Tim McCarver, renowned sports journalists, and unlimited access to Major League Baseball’s expansive media archive chronicling more than a century of baseball history, as well as rarely seen Jackie Robinson footage, to help tell this important story.
Additionally, The History(R) Channel is supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Scholars program as well as creating robust education guides for schools in conjunction with “After Jackie.”
“After Jackie” is produced for The HISTORY(R) Channel by UNINTERRUPTED and Firelight Films in association with Major League Baseball and in collaboration with The Jackie Robinson Foundation. LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron are executive producers for UNINTERRUPTED. Stanley Nelson is the executive producer for Firelight Films. Andre Gaines is executive producer and director. Eli Lehrer and Jim Pasquarella are executive producers for The HISTORY(R) Channel. Nick Trotta is the executive producer for Major League Baseball. Matthew Rissmiller is the co-executive producer for UNINTERRUPTED.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to “After Jackie.”
About The HISTORY(R) Channel
The HISTORY(R) channel, a division of A+E Networks, is the premier destination for historical storytelling. From best-in-class documentary events to a signature slate of industry leading nonfiction series and premium fact-based scripted programming, The HISTORY(R) Channel serves as the most trustworthy source of informational entertainment in media. The HISTORY(R) Channel has been named the #1 U.S. TV network in buzz for seven consecutive years by YouGov BrandIndex, and a top favorite TV network by Beta Research Corporation. For a deeper dive, visit history.com or follow @history on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. For additional press materials visit the A+E Networks Press Center at http://press.aenetworks.com.
UNINTERRUPTED is a Sports Emmy winning athlete empowerment media, experiences and consumer product brand that is part of The SpringHill Company, the media conglomerate spearheaded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter with the mission to empower greatness in every individual. UNINTERRUPTED’s original content properties, including UNINTERRUPTED The Shop, Kneading Dough and More Than An Athlete, are impacting culture and inspiring important conversations within and beyond sport and entertainment.
About Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) represents the highest level of professional baseball and is the most historic sports league in the United States. MLB creates, produces and consults on original content inspired by the engaging personalities and compelling storylines at the forefront of today’s game and throughout its robust 150-year history. MLB’s multi-platform media and licensing projects span film, television, audio networks and digital distribution, including diverse and pioneering programming that taps an expansive media archive to cover historical and cultural subjects. Credits include the Academy Award(R)-nominated Moneyball; Box Office hit 42; the critically acclaimed multi-part documentary film “Once Upon a Time in Queens” and Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story.
About Firelight Films
Founded by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Firelight Films produces documentaries by and about communities of color. Firelight Films productions have garnered multiple Primetime Emmy, Peabody, IDA, and Sundance awards. Among them, the feature films Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre; Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy; Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool; and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Attica, the latest film from Firelight Films, about the 1971 prison rebellion in upstate New York, for Showtime, is currently nominated for an Academy Award(R) for Best Documentary Feature. Upcoming Firelight Films productions including Becoming Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom for Maryland Public Television/PBS.