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Rangers spotlight: Sam Freeman tips cap to film Soul of the Game

Songs and films can leave an indelible mark on us when we’re young.

No matter how old and grizzled we get, we’ll have a soft spot for certain films that touched us at an early age.

For Rangers reliever Sam Freeman, that film is Soul of the Game. He was 9 years old when the HBO film first aired in 1996.

It tells the true story of former Negro League greats Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson hoping to become the first black players to play in the major leagues.

A rookie named Jackie Robinson, played by Blair Underwood, eventually steals their thunder with his historic and momentous joining of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Delroy Lindo (Paige), Mykelti Williamson (Gibson) and Edward Herrmann (Branch Rickey) also star.

“[It offers] a little insight into what they went through in terms of making it to major league baseball, to integrate,” Freeman said.

And the baseball action?

“They pulled it off pretty well,” he said.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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