Author Richard LoPresto and his partner, filmmaker Foster Corder are reaching out to Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner, Rob Manfred, and Jim Crane, the owner of the Houston Astros with their appeal. The team is seeking partial financial assistance in producing their “Old Timers Day” movie, with part of both organizations profits from the World Series. The goodwill gesture would help in soothing everyone’s pain.
While in school a ten-year-old finds out his grandfather wrote a book about the greatest game ever played between two teams, comprised of the greatest baseball players of all time picked by God and Satan. He demands his Grandfather tell the story. In addition to receiving a history lesson about baseball, the young boy is instilled with important life messages about right and wrong. This is the message all baseballs fans and supporters around the world would truly appreciate at this time.
LoPresto is the CEO of the Celestial Baseball Association (CBA) and author of the classic tome, “Old Timers Day” (with co-author and Mentor, Jerry Schafer) As Told by God to Richard LoPresto.”
When LoPresto penned “Old Timers Day” several years ago, he had no idea that a similar scenario would play itself out in reality. “Old Timers Day” is an epic tale about the forces of “Good vs. Evil” battling in a game on the baseball field. Legendary baseball managers, umpires, coaches and announcers join them. The illustrious game takes place at legendary Ebbets Field, a Major League Baseball stadium in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, where the 1955 World Series was held. Just like now in real life, the game is riddled with temptation, trickery and deceit. (In the book, Nolan Ryan, who once stared for the Astros, is the starting pitcher for God’s team.)
The shameful Astros scandal has ripped the heart of baseball fans around the world and LoPresto is deeply saddened as well. However, LoPresto knows this “Home Run can save The Game”.
Houston’s sign stealing ignominy during the World Series Game has been called the biggest baseball scandal since 1919. When members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Houston Astros’ current sign stealing fiasco resulted from revelations that members of the team stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, leading to what has since been acknowledged as an unfair World Series win.
The screenplay was written by Foster Corder, who’s a Vietnam veteran, producer, director and cinematographer. Corder says, “The legends of baseball living and dead are summoned to play the game. Ty Cobb, Josh Gibson, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente are a few of the many. The “play by play” announcers are chosen from the best of all time. Red Barber, Jack Brickhouse, Vince Scully and Jocko Maxwell’s electrifying voices bring color as only they can. Harry Caray sits in after the 7th inning taking the games energy even higher.”
“Baseball at its core is a game that teaches children. Therefore, this scandal effects the kids more than anybody,” says LoPresto. Everyone is deeply saddened that the game that nurtured so many youths, is now disappointing so many young people who have fewer and fewer places to turn for positivity. ‘Old Timers Day’ is a tale that when told on the big screen, can provide the healing and recovery we desperately need right now. “Major League Baseball’s backing of this movie would be a goodwill step in the right direction toward enhancing the league’s horribly tarnished image.”
With more than 100 independent feature and short film credits, Foster Corder, is spearheading the film project. “We have always held a big vision for this film.” The climate in baseball today offers the perfect arena for a feel good blockbuster! Our dream is to shoot at Dodger Stadium, with a cast of actors never assembled in one film before. I’m asking producers like Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon or Thomas Tull to come aboard and produce with us. This film is perfect for Disney distribution because of the many merchandising, live theater and thyme park attraction possibilities.
LoPresto is a donor for The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He has plans to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in April with his son and grandson and leave copies of “Old Timers Day” along with special CBA baseballs for organization heads there. He is composing the letter to Rob Manfred, the commissioner and Jim Crane, owner of the Astros. The letters will be posted across social media platforms for fan support after being delivered to both.
“Old Timers Day As Told by God to Richard LoPresto” is available on Amazon.com.
Watch the “Old Timers Day” book trailer on YouTube.com.
Support LoPresto’s letter writing campaign and the making of the film on Facebook at Old Timers Day and on Twitter at @RichardLopresto.