Small Ball: A Little League Story

Overview

Filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker follow the baseball season with a group of kids who have big dreams and bigger challenges in this documentary. Aptos, CA, is home to a Little League baseball team featuring some talented youngsters and better-than-average guidance -- one of the team's coaches is Mark Eichhorn, who played major-league ball for two decades. Most of the boys on the team have been playing together since they were five years old; now, with most of the squad 11 or 12, this is the last year ...
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Overview

Filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker follow the baseball season with a group of kids who have big dreams and bigger challenges in this documentary. Aptos, CA, is home to a Little League baseball team featuring some talented youngsters and better-than-average guidance -- one of the team's coaches is Mark Eichhorn, who played major-league ball for two decades. Most of the boys on the team have been playing together since they were five years old; now, with most of the squad 11 or 12, this is the last year they'll be able to compete in Little League, and they're hoping to bring home a championship trophy. With hard work, encouragement, and a bit of good luck, the kids move past the regional and state championships and find themselves in the running for the 2002 Little League World Series. Small Ball: A Little League Story was screened in competition at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival, and was later shown on PBS.
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Special Features

The making of Small Ball featurette; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • UPC: 841887000048
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 72,789

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Louis Alvarez Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Andrew Kolker Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John Chater Cinematographer
Peter Odabashian Editor
Tracy Vosburgh Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Small Ball: A Little League Story
1. All-Star Season Begins [2:45]
2. The Town of Aptos [2:29]
3. High Expectations [3:21]
4. Pressure [3:06]
5. Tournament Play Begins [5:04]
6. On a Roll [3:04]
7. Coaching Your Son [4:32]
8. Sectional Championships [4:32]
9. The Road to the State Championship [5:55]
10. Luck Is Changing [6:04]
11. A Tough Loss [3:03]
12. The Rematch [4:59]
13. West Regionals [7:19]
14. Angels Stadium [4:34]
15. Back to Practice [3:13]
16. West Regional Championship [8:19]
17. Going to Williamsport [3:24]
18. The Little League World Series [4:50]
19. The Season Ends [4:14]
20. End Credits [1:16]
1. Small Talk on Small Ball [1:46]
2. Pitching Small Ball [2:30]
3. An All-Star Cast [3:26]
4. Filming Aptos: A Ballpark Idea [4:39]
5. The Road to Williamsport [3:09]
6. Struck-Out Stories [:29]
10. Peter at Bat: Editing Small Ball [4:14]
11. Filmmaking: A Field of Dreams [4:03]
12. Credits [:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Small Ball: A Little League Story
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Bonus Material
      Small Talk on Small Ball: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Documentary Small Ball - Play
      Small Talk on Small Ball: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Documentary Small Ball - Chapters
      Deleted Scenes
         The Scouting Story
         The Ukraine Story
         The New Jersey Story
   PBS Online
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