Ball Talk Institutional - High school/Public Library/Non-profits
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(Jun 30, 2008)
In 1988, I had the pleasure to meet and talk baseball and broadcasting with six Hall of Fame announcers: Mel Allen, Red Barber, Jack Brickhouse, Jack Buck, Curt Gowdy and Ernie Harwell.
I was producing this documentary about them, a labor of love which took me from California to Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, New York, and Tallahassee, Florida. Along the way, we stopped in Washington D.C. to film our host, Larry King.
Making Ball Talk also took me back in time, first to 1934 and Red Barber's first big-league game behind the mic (and first he ever saw!). I visited 1947 and heard about Jackie Robinson's breaking the color line and how Red reported it. Then 1951 and the Shot Heard 'Round the World as witnessed and broadcast by Red and Ernie (although nobody remembers their calls of it!). Then tales of Yankees victories and Dodgers defeats. The struggles of the Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Orioles and Tigers. The stars: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Stan Musial and Al Kaline. Amazing baseball and broadcasting stories from the greatest baseball storytellers of all time, all living legends.
Ball Talk was released on home video in 1989, got good reviews and was distributed on VHS for a few years. And now, in 2008, sadly all of them except Ernie Harwell have passed away, leaving a great void in the worlds of baseball and broadcasting.
If you're a fan and appreciate the artists of baseball announcing, check it out, I hope you like it.
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