Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital Region Diamonds
Local Heroes:
Baseball on
Capital Region Diamonds
From Glens Falls to Kingston, Little Falls to Pittsfield, a production by public broadcaster WMHT chronicles the
history of baseball in New York's Capital Region .

Narrated by Steve Fitz,
Local Heroes combines exhaustive research, rare archival film footage,
fascinating still photography and revealing original interviews to bring viewers the full range of
the area's diamond history, from its mythical beginnings with Ballston Spa native Abner
Doubleday to Heritage Park in Colonie--and everything in between. There are the legends who
came to the region in their heyday, the future legends who cut their teeth on local diamonds, the
pioneers of black baseball, and the evolution of the game from Capital Region diamonds to
major league stadiums.

And there are the local Hall of Famers: Tim Keefe, Johnny Evers, King Kelly, Roger Connor,
Buck Ewing, Mickey Welch, George Davis, Jack Chesbro, and Frank Grant.

L.A. Dodgers coach Tommy LaSorda, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning
author William Kennedy and Negro Leaguer Edsall Walker are among the many players, fans,
sports writers, and historians contributing to this celebration of local baseball history, reminding
us that the national pastime is also the Capital Region's pastime.
Executive Producer: Tom Merklinger
David Pietrusza
Screenwriter: David Pietrusza
Director: Joanne L. Durfee
Editor: Bruce G. Cole
Production Manager: Paul Hoagland
Production Assistant: Chris Muia
Camera: Nicole Arseneault
Craig Baker
Dom Figliomeni
Bill Forst
Barry Sanders
Lori Staples
Audio: Charlie Eble
Video Tape: Paul Minni
Tim Stah
Title Design: Tony Tassaroti
Publicity: Glenda Bullock


Daryl Boston . . . Himself
Hal Buell . . . Himself
Billy Connors . . . Himself
Joe DiMaggio . . . Himself (archival footage)
Jimmy Fiorello . . . Himself
Whitey Ford . . . Himself (archival footage)
Ron Guidry . . . Himself (archival footage)
Ed Hamil . . . Himself
Tommy LaSorda  . . . Himself
Frank Keetz . . . Himself
William Kennedy . . . Himself
Ralph Kiner . . . Himself
Bill Monboquette . . . Himself
Jim Overmyer . . . Himself
Richard Puff . . . Himself
Rip Rowan . . . Himself
Buck Showalter . . . Himself
Dave Silvestri . . . Himself
Charlie Tiano . . . Himself
John Thorn . . . Himself
Edsall Walker . . . Himself

Narrator . . . Steve Fitz
Voices . . . Bob Cudmore
. . .  Richard Hill
. . . Dave Povero

Suzyn Waldman singing "There Used To Be a Ballpark"

Sue Carpenter performing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

Running Time: 54 Minutes

A production of WMHT Educational Telecommunications 1995
Donn Rogosin, President
Contact David Pietrusza