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MILWAUKEE -- A contingent of players and personnel enjoyed a private screening of the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" during Monday's off-day in Milwaukee.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig,  Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute. All players and umpires wore the number to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated on Monday (and Tuesday by teams that were idle).

"I watched the movie last night and really enjoyed that," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I learned more about the man. It's amazing what he had to endure and handle, how much he changed not just baseball but society. The courage that he showed, and Branch Rickey …

"The players [who] went with me to the movie, they had, I think, an even deeper appreciation of what the man had to go through and the courage he showed in that first year."

The movie corralled $27.3 million in its opening weekend, the best showing ever for a baseball movie.

JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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