Ball Talk DVD

In 1988, I had the privilege and 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 and directing a documentary about them, Ball Talk: Baseball's Voices of Summer, a labor of love which took me from California to Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, New York, and Tallahassee, Florida. And along the way, we stopped in Washington D.C. to film our host, Larry King. What fantastic gentlemen, and what a great time we had! 

Host Larry King introduces the Ball Talk line-up

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!). On the way back to the present, 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.

And guess who they all picked as the the greatest they had ever seen play?

Ball Talk was released on home video in 1988, got good reviews and was distributed on VHS for a few years. If you haven't seen it, you've got a lot of company. But I felt it was a success because all the announcers involved liked it. And now, sadly all of them have passed away, leaving a great void in the worlds of baseball and broadcasting.

 If you're a baseball and/or broadcasting fan and appreciate the art and artists of baseball announcing, check it out, I think you'll like it.

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