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The First Boys of Spring (2016)

For parts of five decades, the immortals of America's National Pastime trained on baseball diamonds and "boiled out the alcoholic microbes" of winter in the thermal baths of Hot Springs, ... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Foley

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Alexander Charles Alexander ... Baseball Historian
Marty Appel Marty Appel ... Baeball Historian
D.J. Baxendale D.J. Baxendale ... Pitcher
Trey Berry Trey Berry ... Historical Advisor
Mark Blauer Mark Blauer ... Baseball Historian
Jim Borden Jim Borden ... Director of Photography
Dale Carpenter Dale Carpenter ... Editor
Derek Cash Derek Cash ... Baseball fan
Phil Dixon Phil Dixon ... Baseball Historian
Ray Doswell Ray Doswell ... Baseball Historian
Mike Dugan Mike Dugan ... Baseball Historian
Don Duren Don Duren ... Baseball Historian
Sean Fitzgibbons Sean Fitzgibbons ... Graphic Designer
James Greeson James Greeson ... Musical Composer
Jonathon Hamner Jonathon Hamner ... Land Surveyor
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For parts of five decades, the immortals of America's National Pastime trained on baseball diamonds and "boiled out the alcoholic microbes" of winter in the thermal baths of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 1886, The Chicago White Stockings were the first to trek south to Hot Springs, when the team's owner and manager decided the boys needed a place to practice and get ready for the season ahead. Other teams soon followed, including the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburg Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers and many others. Hot Springs was "wide open" in those days, frequented by famous and infamous characters. And so came the greatest of the great, to play ball, for a month or so in late winter and early spring, including more than a third of all players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Cy Young, Honus Wagner-the best who ever played the game-all worked out here. And so did the legends of the Negro Leagues. The likes of Satchel Page and Josh ...

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,500 (estimated)
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Color (High Definition)| Color
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Trivia

Known for being directed by Larry Foley, Departmental Chairperson of J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the Univerisity of Arkansas, Fayetteville and being narrated by Oscar winner and native Arkansan, Billy Bob Thornton.. but did you know that one of the extras in the crowd was played by none other than then University of Arkansas student, Tyler Evatt. See more »

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