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There is a movie about the 1973 Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs match soon to be released. But first …

Max Baer Jr., best known as the actor who portrayed Jethro Bodine in “The Beverly Hillbillies,” was furious.

In the 2005 Ron Howard movie “Cinderella Man” — about heavyweight boxer James J. Braddock, played by Russell Crowe — the heavy became Max Baer, the defending champ.

Five years before the 1935 Baer-Braddock bout, Frankie Campbell died the day after Baer knocked him out, a death believed to have been caused by a ref who didn’t recognize that Campbell, against the ropes, was out on his feet.

Baer was disconsolate. He joined Campbell’s wife in her hospital vigil. He donated money and helped raise more for Campbell’s family.

But to help sweeten the plot, the movie depicted Baer as a savage, blood-thirsty, remorseless killer who was eager to do to Braddock what he did to Campbell.

Small wonder Baer Jr. was livid with the historical depiction of his father. But there was nothing he could do about it.

The film made lots of money and won a pile of awards and nominations, and if the world now regards Max Baer as evil, well, that’s show-biz!

The daughter of Fritz Ostermueller was as angry as Baer Jr.

In the 2013 movie about Jackie Robinson, “42,” Ostermueller was pitching for the 1947 Pirates, Robinson batting. Ostermueller ignited a brawl by hitting Robinson in the head with a pitch then shouting “N—er!” Got all that, kids?

Except nothing close ever happened. Not much seen in that biographical film actually happened. (Robinson did not immodestly pose at home plate after hitting home runs, no one did). Ostermueller, who died at 50, hit Robinson in the wrist with an inside pitch, Robinson took first base and that was that. There was no fight,

Article source: http://nypost.com/2017/07/16/dont-go-to-the-movies-if-you-want-to-get-your-facts-straight/

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