The daughter of a MLB pitcher who threw at Jackie Robinson“s head in the movie “42” tells our sources … 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 our sources — “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.