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Saturday, October 10 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The First Boys of Spring

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The First Boys of Spring (Arkansas)

D: Larry Foley | USA | 60 min | World Premiere

Beginning in 1886, baseball spring training was held for the first time, not in Florida or Arizona, but in the Arkansas resort town of Hot Springs, and that’s where the annual rite caught on. For parts of eight decades, many of the best who ever played the game, came to Hot Springs to shake off the rust from winters of sedentary indulgence to prepare for long seasons ahead, with such teams as the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Pirates—and the Negro League’s Monarchs, Crawfords and Grays. Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, the film regales stories of baseball Hall of Famers who worked out, gambled and partied in Hot Springs, including a young Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Satchel Paige, Honus Wagner and baseball’s first superstar, Mike “King” Kelly.

Screening is presented by Visit Hot Springs and held at Horner Hall, Hot Springs Convention Center

Attending: director Larry Foley, special guest Lou Brock, multiple cast members


Famed St Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson

“Gibby is one of baseball’s greatest competitors.” Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial | | Bob Gibson may well have been the most intimidating pitcher in history. He was certainly one of the most successful. The Omaha native excelled at baseball and basketball in high school, and played college hoops for Creighton University before a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1957, he signed with the Cardinals, and made his big-league debut in... Read More →


Larry Foley

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Professor, broadcast journalism. Foley is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker. His productions have earned five Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and 14 Emmy nominations in writing, journalistic enterprise, history, cultural history, special program and community service. His University of Arkansas students have been awarded an additional six Emmys for films produced under Professor’s Foley... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Horner Hall 134 Convention Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71901

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