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Joplin woman speaks out about her father's portrayal in the Jackie Robinson movie

Posted: Updated: April 30, 2013 09:53 PM

The story of Jackie Robinson was told through the movie titled "42 - A True Story of an American Legend."

But the daughter of a character in the movie says her father was misrepresented.

The movie has grossed more than $27 million so far and is already considered to be the most watched baseball movie ever.

In the movie, pitcher Fritz Ostermueller hit Jackie Robinson purposely in the head with a ball and his character says "You don't belong here".

Ostermueller's daughter lives in Joplin and is speaking out to media outlets across the country.

Sherill Ostermueller-Duesterhaus says her dad did not hit Robinson in the head as the movie portrays.  Articles written at the time also say Robinson was not hit in the head.

"Osstie threw a high inside pitch that caught Robinson on the left wrist in the first inning - he told my mom the night before that he was worried because Jackie crowded the base so bad," Sherill says.  "I can understand Hollywood making a good story but not at the expensive or someone else's memory and legacy."

Jackie Robinson died in 1972.  Ostermueller passed away in 1957, when Sherill was 11 years old.  She says she didn't want to take anything from the movie but since her dad is no longer with us, she had protect his memories and legacy.

"It broke my heart.  I knew this man - this was totally unjustified," she says.  "And you know, I don't think Jackie would of approve of this either.  You know, he fought for justice.  He won and I hope I win this one for my dad."

Sherrill says the man she knew growing up was not a racist but a great father and a good man.

"My parents were good people they taught me what's on the inside, not on the outside, that matters.  I was raised in a home with no racial overtones.  I was raised to treat people like I wanted to be treated."

Sherill agrees the Jackie Robinson story should be told.  But if it's a true story of an American legend, the whole truth should be told.

"Jackie Robinson had courage and talent, young people today should see that," says Sherill Ostermueller-Duesterhaus.  "I think that he is a hero to many people and he should be.  He should be a hero to all of us but I had a hero too and that was my dad."

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