To download a PDF copy of the General Education daughter movie Booklet, click here. Fritz Ostermueller is seen here warming up during his seven-year stint with the Boston Red Sox. Fritz Ostermueller’s daughter is throwing a brushback pitch at the producers of the hit movie “42. Ostermueller, a 15-year veteran of the big leagues who was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, is shown in the Hollywood hit firing a fastball at Robinson’s head.
According to Ostermueller’s daughter, Sherrill Duesterhaus, there is no truth to this Hollywood tale. Actor Linc Hand as Fritz Ostermueller in ’42’ is portrayed as one of the villains in the hit movie. The producers of ’42’ certainly owe my father an apology,” she told TMZ. If they were going to portray my father falsely, they should have used a fictional name. A far cry from the temple shot Robinson suffers in the movie.
Duesterhaus told the Quincy Herald-Whig — Ostermueller grew up in Quincy, Ill. Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in the Hollywood hit about the baseball legend’s first season in the major leagues. Dad was trying to brush him back,” Duesterhaus told the newspaper. I was shocked and hurt with the way they are portraying him,” Duesterhaus added. It’s Hollywood sensationalism, if you ask me.
Bill Madden, the Daily News’ Hall of Fame baseball columnist, also pointed out several inaccuracies in “42” in his Sunday notes column this week including the fact that Ostermueller, a lefty, was throwing righthanded. Finally got to see ’42’ last week and while I found it to be entertaining, with some terrific acting performances, in particular Harrison Ford as an Oscar-worthy Branch Rickey and Christopher Meloni as an equally dead-on Leo Durocher, I do not understand how the writers could take such pains to make everything authentic, such as the scenes in the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, and still manage to get everything so wrong. Duesterhaus, along with demanding an apology from the producers of “42”, wants the world to know her father was no racist. My dad, to my knowledge, was not a racist,” she told TMZ. I was not raised in that type of home.