Monday, April 11, 2016

Baseball Scouts Documentary Has All-Star Producers

Here's a documentary film credits line you don't see every day: 'Co-produced by Bill Murray & Wade Boggs.' As in the actor and the Hall of Fame third baseman.

The pair came on board Scouting for Diamonds just as the film was falling short of its Indiegogo goal. But with co-producers like that, chances are whatever further funds are needed will be found.

Nashville-based director Molly Secours shared a bunch of fun pictures via social media during spring training, of field trips taken to speak with members of various MLB teams. In the extended project trailer (above), Boggs notes of the scouting challenge that "you don't have a radar gun to measure someone's heart."

The Red Sox star also gets emotional in recalling the role played in his success by scout George Digby. "You just wonder why God puts people like that, on the earth, to find people like me," Boggs says.

Digby passed away in 2014 at age 96. At the time, ESPN reporter Gordon Edes revisited a 2005 interview he had done with Digby, during which the legendary scout talked about the greatest prospect he had ever seen:

"I had Willie Mays bought for $4,500," Digby told me when I interviewed him. "I called up the Red Sox. I said, 'I got Willie Mays. He'll break the color line...'"

This was in 1949. However, the Red Sox ownership at the time did not want to enlist black players, and so Mays (who is also seen in the Scouting for Diamonds trailer) would - many years later - finally sign with the New York Giants for $4,000.

Others featured in the trailer include George Brett, Chicago Cubs scout John Koronka and retired Angels, Brewers and Orioles scout Joe McIlvaine. Co-producer Murray will also narrate the finished product.

[Scouting for Diamonds]

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