Films Recognized at Inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Film Fest
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NOVEMBER 15, 2006
By Press Release, Baseball Hall of Fame

“Toots”, the story of legendary New York City saloonkeeper Toots Shor and his interaction with a number of baseball and American celebrities in Manhattan in the 1950s, received top accolades as Best Film at the conclusion of the inaugural National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Baseball Film Festival on Sunday in Cooperstown.
Three other films among the 13 entrants in the three-day festival were recognized Sunday. “This Old Cub”, the story of longtime Chicago Cub third baseman Ron Santo, was presented with the Critics Award, chosen by nationally renowned movie critic Jeffrey Lyons. “The Emerald Diamond,” a story of the Irish National Baseball Team, won the Filmmakers’ Award, presented by filmmaker Mark Reese, son of Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese. “Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball,” the story of Japan’s national obsession with high school baseball, captured the Baseball Award, presented by the Hall of Fame to the film that best furthers the understanding and appreciation of the game.
Judges included Lyons, Reese and Hall of Fame staff members Lenny DiFranza and Bill Francis. The Film Fest was free to Museum visitors over the weekend. Plans are being made now for a Film Fest in 2007, with additional details to follow.
Other films chosen for the competition included: Up for Grabs, a humorous look at the litigation surrounding the ball Barry Bonds hit for his 73rd home run of the 2002 season; Boys in Winter, which focused on the end of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ peak run; Henry Aaron’s Summer Up North, about the slugger’s first summer of professional baseball; Play Ball: A Trilogy of Baseball Films; Stranded at the Corner, on Tiger Stadium’s current state in Detroit; The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game, a look at MLB’s Dominican pioneers; Spaceman: A Baseball Oddyssey, featuring a road trip with former pitcher Bill Lee; and The Kalamazoo Kings, with a look at the Frontier League’s 2001 Organization of the Year.
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