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Wrigley Field memories from boyhood linger for Harrison Ford

HarrisFord as Branch Rickey '42.'

Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in "42."

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Updated: March 25, 2013 7:31PM

LOS ANGELES — Harrison Ford is about to cry. His bottom lip trembles. He shuts his eyes hard. His entire face begins to quiver.

While talking about his new baseball film “42,” Indiana Jones is getting very emotional.

“I was an overnight success. It was just a real long night,” he says.

Then he’s on the verge of tears. “Acting was the only ambition I ever had, committing and wanting to be an actor,” he says, adding. “I love my life.”

He stops to compose himself.

At age 70, Ford has one of his best roles in years as Branch Rickey, the baseball honcho who brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, in “42” (opening April 12).

Born in Chicago, Ford grew up in Park Ridge. “I didn’t play much ball as a kid. I wasn’t even much of a baseball fan, but I did go to Wrigley with my family. I remember Wrigley more than the games or anyone in the games.

“To this day, I have such a visual of that ballpark. It seemed so improbable to me that there was that square of grass in the middle of this big city,” he says.

He also confessed to a “not so great” baseball past. “We moved to the ’burbs when I was 12,” he says. “I played exactly one Little League game.

“The whole atmosphere of anxious parents and more anxious children was just too much for me. As a family, we went to that one game and never went back.”

Cindy Pearlman,
Big Picture News Inc.

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