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'42' is No. 2

NEW YORK - APRIL 15: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez,

NEW YORK - APRIL 15: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees all wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson before the game against the Los Angeles Angels during their game on April 15, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Although many critics – including this one – considered it clichéd and simplistic, let’s give “42” its due: The recent Jackie Robinson biopic, which was released on DVD Tuesday, is a huge hit by sports movie standards.

According to, its gross of just under $95 million is second all-time among baseball movies (not adjusted for inflation) to “A League of Their Own,’’ which earned $107.5 million.

“Moneyball” previously had been No. 2 on the baseball list, at $75.6 million.

The highest-grossing sports-themed movie of them all remains “The Blind Side,” with a cool $256 million.

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